Only residents of the Amazon rain forests and frequent visitors to natural food stores are likely to have heard of this strangely named fruit. It resembles the familiar lemon in shape but it is only as big as a cherry, and it has a bright orange skin. Scientists call it Myrciaria dubia, and some people call it the cacari fruit. Very few people in Europe and North America knew about it. The Japanese are primarily responsible for its rising popularity. Although claims for its medicinal properties lack scientific backing, its reputation as a health-giving foodstuff continues to spread.
It is going to be hard to find anyone who has not heard about the importance of Vitamin C. This vitamin is so essential to protecting the body against the flu and similar infections that the British government once decided to supply free orange juice to schoolchildren to make sure they got a sufficient amount of vitamin C. The body cannot naturally produce its own vitamin C but needs to receive it through the food supply. Oranges are the most famous vitamin C source, but camu camu contains one of the highest vitamin C concentrations of any fruit.
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