Malpighia glabra is a tropical fruit-bearing shrub in the family Malpighiaceae. Its flavor depends on the variety of the fruit and is described as ranging from sour to semisweet to sweet. While the bright red fruit is used to make jams, jellies, juices, ice cream, popsicles, sauces, wine, and syrups, it's also eaten raw, often as a natural remedy, particularly in Brazil—the world's largest producer of acerola. The fruit is rich in antioxidants, including vitamin C and anthocyanins.
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