Stock photo of the Acerola fruit, popularly known as West Indian Cherry.
Popularly known as the West Indian Cherry throughout the Caribbean, in Barbados, we call it 'Bajan Cherry'.
The Acerola is a bushy shrub which bears fruit that features a marble-sized, dark red delicacy.
Despite how small the cherry may seem, it packs a huge healthy punch
The West Indian Cherry is very low in calories and offers many health benefits due to its rich vitamin and pigment anti-oxidant content.
It can be eaten on its own but is often consumed as a juice, which is very refreshing.
The cherries possess the highest concentration of Vitamin C in almost the entire fruit/berry kingdom. Consuming a healthy portion of foods rich in Vitamin-C assists the human body to develop resistance against infections and rid it of harmful free radicals from the blood.
Consuming the West Indian Cherry will help to boost immunity, protect the body from cancers, ageing, degenerative diseases and inflammation.
Recent research has suggested that the compound known as chlorogenic acid in these cherries may lower blood sugar levels and control blood glucose levels in type-II diabetes.
Eating cherries also helps the body break down carbohydrates, protein, and fats. They also contain a modest amount of minerals and electrolytes such as potassium, manganese, copper, iron, and zinc.