Acerola, also called Barbados cherry (Malpighia glabra), has its place of origin in South America. Its fruits are similar to those of cherries and are a rich source of vitamin C which is not stocked in human body as a reserve and must therefore be re-supplied every day. Aborigines have used its fruits since the ancient times. About 150 health beneficial substances have been discovered in this plant. It has been quickly domesticated and grown on plantations across the tropic and sub-tropic zones all over the world. Acerola is consumed in different ways, for example as acerola juice contained in fruit and energy drinks. It is also recommended in the form of dietary supplements.