Meet Acerola!

By: iTi Innovation


The Little Berry with Big Benefits

Ready to check out the new superfood on the scene? Introducing: acerola. Historically, it was used to treat a host of ailments from inflammation to scurvy, but today it is used for its potent natural source of Vitamin C.

Acerola, also known as a Barbados cherry or West Indian Cherry, is a small, red-colored fruit with a tart fruity pulp. Acerola has a distinctive flavor, which is often described as a cross between a tart lime and a berry. It is known to be an abundant source of natural vitamin C.

This superfood is very common throughout the Caribbean, some South American countries, especially Brazil and Puerto Rico. In Brazil, it is consumed as a breakfast beverage, much in the way Americans drink orange juice. Brazilians often blend it with mango or pineapple juice. This juice blend is a particularly delicious application because acerola’s tart flavor contrasts nicely with the sweetness of other fruits.

Acerola isn’t just a juice ingredient, however. This berry comes packing and can be incorporated into many products including ice cream, soft drinks, nectars, jelly, gummy candies, fruit preserves yogurt, and smoothie mixes. The addition of acerola to finished products reduces the pH and increases the shelf life without imparting a citrus flavor. iTi offers a 65 °Brix Acerola which is used as a natural replacement for ascorbic acid. It produces the all-important and widely sought after “clean label” status.

iTi supplies both a single strength acerola juice from Brazil with a minimum Vitamin C content of 1500mg/100g (25 times the daily value) and an acerola concentrate at 65 °Brix with a minimum of 12,000mg/100g (200 times the daily value). These products are prepared from carefully selected, sound, mature and unfermented fruit. No preservatives, flavors or other additives are used.


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