Acerola (Malpighia emarginata) is a tropical fruit-bearing small tree in the family Malpighiaceae. Acerola fruits looks like cherry, still acerola is not related to cherries from the genus Prunus.
Common names of acerola are Barbados cherry, West Indian cherry and wild crepe myrtle. Acerola is native to South America and Central America.
Malpighia emarginata is rich in antioxidants (including vitamin C). Acerola is often used in supplement, mostly as a source of vitamin C in the natural form of ascorbic acid.
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