Puerto Rican cherry

[English] plural Puerto Rican cherries

Acerola. A small, thin-skinned, cherry-like fruit, smaller and sweeter than a loquat or medlar, and is rich in vitamin C. The fruits have five stones which clump together so they can seem like one, orange-yellow flesh and grow on a tree originally from Brazil and the West Indies. They have a slightly acidic, raspberry-like flavour and are usually used in desserts, preserves and purées. They can be dried for later use and, where the climate is sunny and warm, may ripen well for eating out of hand.

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