Camu Camu has the highest vitamin C content of all tropical and subtropical fruits and also a very high content of lavonoids interesting for health maintenance. With up to 3 grams of vitamin C per 100 grams fresh weight, it is 70 times richer in Vitamin C than oranges and up to 50% richer than Acerola. A few grams of fruit flesh already cover the recommended daily vitamin C requirements.
The 4 to 8 metre high bush grows wild on the regularly flooded river and lake banks of Amazonia of Brazil, Peru, Columbia as well as in Venezuela. Since the fruit is similar in bitterness to Araza, which belongs to the same plant family, it is also enjoyed with the addition of sugar as a fruit juice, in sorbet, ice cream and as a dessert. The fine, juicy pulp of Camu Camu gives to the palette a tanny aperitif taste.