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Unlike the standard cherry fruit, which is a member if the Rosaceae family along with other popular staple fruits (apples, pears, blackberries), Acerola Cherry is a member of the Malpighiaceae family along with other tropical plants such as Byrsonima lucida (Locustberry) and Banisteriopsis caapi (Caapi Vine). Acerola Cherry, also called West Indian Cherry and Barbados Cherry, is native to southern Mexico, Central America, and the Caribbean islands. Acerola Cherry was a wild fruit shrub until it became commonly cultivated after WW2. During WW2, Acerola Cherry was given to Puerto Rican families to plant in victory gardens. After research done by the School of Tropical Medicine in San Juan Puerto Rico which discovered the fruit to be among the highest natural sources of vitamin C, Acerola Cherry was then planted in school yards to increase vitamin intake of the school children. Acerola Cherry is thought to have been introduced to Brazil around this time, and Brazil is now the top cultivator of Acerola Cherry. Acerola Cherry is a tart fruit that is seldom seen fresh outside of where it is cultivated due to its fragile nature.
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