Camu Camu

Camu Camu is a small bushy tree in the the Amazon Rainforest vegetation in Peru and Brazil, which bears a red/purple cherry like fruit. Its small flowers have waxy white petals and sweet smelling aroma. It has bushy feathery foliage. It is a close relative of the Jaboticaba and the Guavaberry or Rumberry.

The plant is extremely tolerant of flooding. Trees begin to bear fruit after about 4 to 6 years. There is one harvests every year. It flowers at the end of the dry season and fruits at the peak of the rainy season. It is relatively easy to cultivate. It survives best in hot, damp tropical climates but will grow in the subtropics. It requires large amount of water.

Camu camu is used mainly for its edible fruits. The most important property of the camu camu fruit is its extraordinarily high Vitamin C content, which is about 2-3% of fresh weight. So it is popular thing used in prevention and treatment of flu and colds. Scientific research also has revealed that camu camu flesh is rich in antioxidant, and it inhibits the radical DPPH, surpassing that of ascorbic acid and trolox. Due to its antioxidant content, camu camu is a good anti-aging substance. It can also strengthen the immune system.

Camu camu has also a unique aroma and fruit pigmentation. A reddish pigment in the leathery skin imparts an attractive and unique pink color on juices extracted from camu camu. The aroma is subtle. Camu camu is also used in ice creams, sweets, etc.

Processed powder from the fruit pulp is beginning to be sold in the west as a health food in loose powder or capsule form. In addition to the high vitamin C content it contains the amino acids valine, leucine and serine, and is also rich in flavonoids.

Our camu camu powder is certified organic by UK Soil Association.

easy ways to pay