Episode CLXXVIII 178: Aruban cherry season

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In this episode we are raising awareness regarding this native wonder plant, aka Caribbean wild cherry and “shimarucu” for the Arubans Lin. Malpighia emarginata . This fruit is also commercially known as Acerola. The wild cherry plant is native to Central America and it’s found in the northern South America, Mexico, and the Caribbean. The shimarucu is a very particular fruit and a companion for walks along the island’s trails. Its taste doesn’t resemble that of a cherry you buy in the supermarket and we natives like to enjoy it as a home remedy, to fight colds or prevent flu or simply savor it. Considering that it is a good nutrient and that has a high percentage of vitamin C which helps boost immunity.

Research supports that cherries in general are not only high in antioxidants but also abundant important vitamins and minerals such as potassium, which is known to reduce the risk of hypertension and certain cardiovascular diseases.


Cherries, despite being a small and sweet and sour fruit, it carries a series of health benefits that makes them exelent supplement to any food diet and have even earned recognition of the American Institute for Research Cancer (AICR) for being for being among the foods that fight cancer. A detail valid for all types of cherries and even for our “shimarucu” is that while they are more intensely red in color they have higher acidity and also higher antioxidant content, so make an “ugly face” and eat them, since they are very beneficial for your health.

Eating or drinking shimarucu as a supplement can help you meet your daily vitamin C needs, making it a boon during cold and flu season. As for its other claimed benefits (digestive aid, antidepressant, and athletic endurance, anti diarehea, and other conditions), scientific proof and research is available, while resent studies are revealing support to these claims.

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