Featured Fruit Product: Acerola Juice Concentrate
Acerola is great source of natural Vitamin C, a Superfruit with significant nutritional properties. Native to the Caribbean, it is a also referred to Barbados Cherry. It is now cultivated extensively in Brazil and also Vietnam. Acerola fruit is commercially processed into puree, juice or juice concentrate. Encore has developed certified supplies of Acerola Juice Concentrates that deliver consistently high levels of natural Vitamin C for the food, beverage, and supplement industries.
We can provide cloudy juice concentrates and clarified 65 brix juice concentrates for controlled and consistent minimum levels of Vitamin C.
Acerola is also a good source for Vitamin A, riboflavin, folate, and important mineral nutrients. In addition to the antioxidant benefits of natural Vitamin C, newer studies show it reduces inflammation markers in the blood, such as C reactive protein.
Acerola Juice concentrate is easily incorporated into functional juice beverages and supplements. Encore offers a full line of processed Acerola ingredients, so contact us today for samples and information. Get your Acerola ingredients today from Encore, your Superfruit specialist.
Processed Fruit Ingredients
Acerola grows as a tiny tree and has small, deep-red, cherry-like fruit. It is
found primarily in and around the West Indies, but has a native range from
South Texas through the Caribbean, Central America, Vietnam & Brazil.
It's also called Barbados cherry, Puerto Rican cherry and West Indies cherry.
The fleshy red stone fruits, about the size of a small cherry, have a sweet flavor
and contain very high amounts of vitamin C. It is eaten fresh,
used to make jams and jellies, and is also an important commercial source
of natural vitamin C. Acerola is often also cultivated as an ornamental
shrub, particularly in the southeastern United States.
Nutritional Benefits of this Processed Fruit:
- One of the highest natural sources of Vitamin C
- Good source for vitamin A, Riboflavin, Folate, Iron, Magnesium, Potassium and Copper
In the 1950s, a manufacturer of baby food decided that apple juice was milder for infants than orange
juice. The company claimed that a drop of acerola juice in an 8 oz. can of apple juice provided the
amount of vitamin C of an equal amount of orange juice. A detailed nutrition facts analysis shows
the juice does contain 32 times the amount of vitamin C in orange juice (over 3000% as much),
supporting the claim.
A comparative analysis of antioxidant potency among a variety of frozen juice pulps was carried out,
and included the this fruit. Among the eleven fruits' pulps tested, acerola was the highest scoring
domestic fruit, meaning it had the most anti-oxidant potency, with a TEAC (Trolox equivalent antioxidant
activity) score of 53.2 mmol g.
In Puerto Rico, the this fruit is so prized that custom officials exercise considerable precaution to
prevent exporting of acerola cuttings.
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