Myrtaceae Myrciaria dubia
Myrciaria dubia, commonly known as camu camu, camucamu, cacari, or camocamo, is a small evergreen bushy riverside tree from the Amazon rainforest in Colombia, Ecuador, Peru and Brazil, height of 3–5 m (9.8–16.4 ft), with red/purple cherry-like fruits. It is a close to guavaberry. Long used by native peoples.
Camu camu has an extraordinarily high vitamin C content (on the order of 2–3% of fresh weight.
The high vitamin C content is the most important property of the fruit.
Myrciaria dubia is also rich in flavonoids, such as anthocyanins, flavonols and flavanols, catechins, delphinidin 3-glucoside, cyanidin 3-glucoside, ellagic acid, and rutin; other analysis revealed the presence of gallic and ellagic acids, suggesting that the fruit possesses hydrolyzed tannins
Camu camu is more recently become populare in ice creams, sweets, dietary supplimens and more.
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