Most of the world knows its fruit as camu camu, which is a wild plant that can reach up to 8 meters height. lt is most commonly found in the Amazon rainforests in Peru and Brazil, and the fruit is a small, cherry-like drupe.
These fruits weren't known to the rest of the world until recently, and the majar importer is actually Japan, but as more and more is discovered about their remarkable nutritional composition, the demand is increasing. While the fruit is relatively easy to harvest, there is still no large-scale cultivation outside South America, making it a very important crop. In Peru, it is found mainly along the Putumayo, Ucayali and Amazonas rivers and its tributaries.
lnterestingly enough, the amount of vitamin C (about 2-3% of the total volume) begins to diminish as the fruit reaches maturity, which is when the top flavors emerge. Therefore, harvesters have to forge a delicate balance between flavor and nutritional benefit.
- Excellent source of antioxidants: Thanks to the massive amount of vitamin C in camu camu, the berry is high in antioxidants. These work with your body to protect against damage from molecules called free radicals, which contribute to many diseases.
- Enhances physical performance: The combination of nutrients in camu camu 1s helpful in boosting energy. In addition, the amino acids leucine and valine support healthy muscles, enhancing overall physical performance.