Small, round, shiny red to dark purple fruit having a juicy acidic sweet pulp. The camu-camu is extremely high in vitamin C, having over 100 times the amount of vitamin C per weight than an orange.
Small shrub to 10+ft, occasionally higher.
It survives best in hot, damp tropical climates but will grow in the subtropics, surviving temperatures to 32F. It is not as hardy as its close relative the Jaboticaba.
Provide intense water. The camu-camu will stand flooding.
Occasionally eaten fresh, although the pulp is very acidic. It is usually used to flavor drinks, ice creams, sweets, and more. It is often used medicinally for its high vitamin C content and a variety of other reputed benefits.
Native to most of the Amazon river region. Grows wild on banks of streams and lakes or in swamps, where the lower part of the plant is often submerged.