Common Name: Acerola, Hawthorn Berry
Binomial Nomenclature: Malpighia punicifolia
Culinary Use: Ripe fruit is eaten out of hand or cooked, strained to remove seeds, and used with added sugar to make syrup or jelly.
Medicinal Use: Antioxidant, very rich in vitamin C.
Fun Fact: Attracts butterflies and birds. Host plant for caterpillars of several butterfly species.