Camu camu fruit is unique among botanicals for its extraordinary level of vitamin C content. One portion has up to 6000% more of this vital nutrient than is present in an orange. In addition, it contains bioflavanoids, potassium, amino acids, serine, valine, leucine, small amounts of thiamine, riboflavin and niacin, plus other nutrients that help the body absorb and metabolize vitamin C. Camu camu also boasts a combination of phytonutrients not found in any other organic substance.
In one small fruit, camu camu provides an unusually super-sized dose of essential nutrients. Camu camu comes from a rainforest plant in South America, and is about the size of a lemon, sporting a dark red skin and containing a yellow pulp. It is well-known throughout the region, and has numerous nick-names, including guavaberry, mije colorado, guaveberry, murta, coco-carette, guayabillo, umberry, mirto, cabo de chivo, mijo, merisier-cerise, bois de basse batard, escobillo and mije.
It takes four to five years for the camu-camu bush to bear fruit, but fortunately its unusual taste helps prevent the animals from consuming all its choicest morsels, which leaves plenty of fruit for the people of Peru to make into a delicious ice cream and a range of drinks.
Recently, people have begun to notice that it also conveys a variety of health benefits, for those who consume it regularly. Among the reported effects are a strengthening of the immune system and an increase in energy and vitality, particularly among those suffering from chronic immune dysfunction.
Camu camu can deliver a number of health benefits