What is Camu Camu?

by admin on June 25, 2010

Camu Camu

Camu Camu

 Camu camu is a bush that can be found grown in the Amazonian rain forest of Peru. This bush produces a fruit that also goes by the name of Camu Camu. The Camu Camu fruit is roughly the size and color of a large grape, and contains a yellow pulp. This fruit grows wild and is flash frozen when it is picked. The Camu Camu fruit is a very familiar fruit to Japan but remains almost unknown in the United States. It takes about four to five years for this bush to even bear the fruit. The benefits of Camu Camu are many. Camu Camu is one of the most effective and fastest ways for your body to get the vitamin C it needs. This fruit contains more vitamin C than any other known fruit!

When this fruit has grown, it is harvested on canoes. After harvest, it is taken to a plant to be processed. There it is thawed out, peeled and then turned to liquid. Once this plant has been liquefied, it is spray dried which produces a pale pink and very potent powder. The nutrition of Camu Camu is widely known. Once the Camu Camu is processed, it is sold as a health food in capsules or in its loose powder form. People who take these capsules claim that just two per day increases their wellness abundantly. Camu Camu is presently threatened to be an endangered species due to i’s being over harvested. There are efforts being put forth to try to have Camu Camu grown commercially. 

Have you had camu camu?  How do you like it?  What does it taste like to you?

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