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Title: Acerola
Literature References: The ripe fruit of Malpighia punicifolia L., Malpighiaceae, also called West Indian Cherry. Habit. Central America, Puerto Rico. Probably the richest natural source of ascorbic acid. Analysis of pitted fruit: Water 92.28%; ascorbic acid 1690 mg/100 g; vitamin A 11.0 mg/100 g; niacin 407 g/100 g; vitamin B6 8.7 g/100 g; thiamine-HCl 30.0 g/100 g; fluorine 10 g/100 g; carbohydrates 6.4%. pH of juice 3.3. The pits comprise 19.25% of the fruit. Ref: Derse, Elvehjem, J. Am. Med. Assoc. 156, 1501 (1954). Commercial aspects: J. Agric. Food Chem. 2, 1155 (1954). Review: Moscoso, Econ. Bot. 10, 280 (1956). Method of preparing acerola juice concentrates: Morse, US 3012942; US 3012943 (both 1961 to Nutrilite Products).
Therap-Cat: Nutrient.

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