Red Acerola (Malpighia emarginata) is a small tropical fruit, known for its rich vitamin C content. The colour difference between red and green acerola, is attributed to the ripeness of the fruit. Green acerola is harvested whilst the fruit is still unripe, and red acerola is harvested once the fruit has fully matured. The fruit grows on a shrub or small tree, which flourishes to be approximately 2 to 6 meters high and bears pink blossoms. Acerola is native to South America; however, also gets grown in Central America and subtropical regions of Asia. The tree first bears fruit after 2 years and is in full production after 5 years. It remains in full production for 25 to 30 years, with 3 to 4 harvests a year.
Acerola Puree has a bright red / orange color. It tastes very acidic and posesses a sweet-tart, slightly cherry-like flavor. It blends well with other fruit flavors just adding acidity to the product but not diverting the taste profile.