The cherry tree because they know that the Barbados cherry is one of the richest sources of Vitamin C in the world, exceeded only by the rosehip. One cherry can contain 134% of the recommended daily value of Vitamin C, which is a known anti-oxidant, good for building collagen, protecting mucus membranes and preventing scurvy. It is also an excellent astringent. (The cherry is also a significant source of Vitamin A.) Used in both modern and folk medicine, it treats liver complaints, diarrhoea, dysentery, coughs and colds. It is even used to fight cancer, especially that of the colon.
The malpighia emarginata or acerola or Barbados cherry is a small tropical evergreen tree, reaching somewhere between 12 and 20 ft high. It is believed to originate in the West Indies, the southern USA and northern South America. When not being devoured by children, the cherries are used in fruit juices, jams and in commercial vitamin production. They can also be stewed with sugar to combat the tartness and served as a delightful dessert. In addition, the sauce can be utilized in toppings for cakes, puddings and ice creams. Interestingly, the fruit also prevents the darkening of bananas in displays, for example fruit cups and salads.
Whether visitor or local, whether young or old, you will savour this special fruit in processed form or straight from the tree.