What does acerola contain?
You haven’t heard of acerola fruits before? In this case, read about a plant whose red fruits, reminiscent of our cherries, have more than 10 times more vitamin C than blackcurrant and up to 100 times more than lemon or orange.
Yes, these small fruits with delicate skin are a real vitamin bomb, because per 100 g of fruit there is 4500 mg of vitamin C, which is essential for our body.
Acerola acquires these remarkable properties as it grows under the hot sun of South America; it dislikes shade, cold and even light frost. The biggest exporter of its red fruits is Brazil, where we can see large plantations of small, 6-metre tall acerola trees covered with dark green, elongated leaves.
Acerola blooms there all year round with beautiful purple flowers, but the fruit itself is very fragile.
Of course, it is best to eat it raw, because one acerola cherry contains the entire amount of vitamin C we need during the day! But that’s not all; it also contains a lot of provitamin A, thiamine (vitamin B1), riboflavin (vitamin B2), niacin (vitamin PP) as well as calcium, phosphorus and iron.
No wonder we want to keep these wonderful fruits and their properties for longer. That’s why people like to make compotes, jams, ice cream, juices or jellies out of raw acerola. The powder obtained from its concentrated juice, a sort of vitamin C storehouse, containing ascorbic acid, guarantees the preservation of the nutritional value of acerola for a long time.
What are the benefits of acerola?
Ascorbic acid derived from acerola juice is ideal for the treatment of colds, infections and chronic diseases such as rheumatism. Its red fruits are much more effective than tea with raspberry or blackcurrant!
Of course, ascorbic acid can be consumed in the form of vitamin preparations such as pills or capsules.
But we recommend acerola contained in Bee Okay jellies because apart from the acerola itself, they also contain nourishing bee’s honey and sunflower lecithin.
They are tasty, and what is more, they help us immunise the body against colds and infections, which are fairly common in our climate.