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  Camu-Camu (Mycriaria dubia)

Camu-Camu (Mycriaria dubia)

 
Uses: health situations that are helped by vitamin C supplements including: circulatory problems, viral infections including herpes II, mood disorders experienced during the winter months, high blood pressure, and upper respiratory infections such as colds and asthma.

Camu-camu is a low-growing shrub found throughout the Amazon rainforest, mainly in swampy or flooded areas. It grows to a height of about 2-3 m and has large, feathery leaves. It produces round, light orange-colored fruits about the size of lemons, which contain a significant amount of vitamin C.. Camu-Camu also contains thiamin, riboflavin and niacin and is also rich in bioflavonoids.

Its high vitamin C content has created a demand for camu-camu fruit in the natural products market. Some groups are now beginning to study cultivation methods for this important new rainforest resource, which is still harvested wild throughout the Amazon region. Ethnobotanist Mark Plotkin notes in his book, Tales of a Shaman's Apprentice, that "a forest stand of camu-camu is worth twice the amount to be gained from cutting down the forest and replacing it with cattle," and he believes that camu-camu cultivation holds real economic promise for local economies.

Usually, camu-camu fruit is wild-harvested in the rainforest in canoes because the fruits mature at high water or flooding seasons in the Amazon.

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