Made with one of our favorite tropical fruits, this Jugo de cereza Dominicana (acerola cherry juice) is very popular and quite a treat for Dominicans, who love its taste and refreshing properties. If you can find acerola, I suggest you give this a try; it is an unforgettable treat.
By- Last reviewed . Published Oct 6, 2011
What is acerola?
Malpighia emarginata  or Dominican cerezas are called cerise in French and acerola in English, as well as, Barbados cherry, acerola cherry, and West Indian cherry) is a fruit-bearing tree native to the tropical American continent and very popular in the Caribbean, particularly Puerto Rico and the Dominican Republic.
The fruit outwardly resembles a common cherry, but the pit inside is larger and divided into three. It is also a little sourer than common cherries. The taste is also similar to cherries but less sweet and more acidic.
Acerola cherry is very rich in vitamin C and lower in carbohydrates than traditional fruits.
Acerola cherry and jugo de cereza dominicana.
- You can substitute sugar for a sweetener of your choice for a low-carb version.
- Sometimes I add the juice of one lime for a nice combination of flavors.
About our recipe
There is not much variation in the ingredients and the way is made from home to home, so wherever you try this in the Dominican Republic, it should be fairly similar.
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Acerola Juice [Recipe + Video] Jugo de Cereza Dominicana
- 3 cup acerola (West Indian cherries), washed
- sugar (white, granulated), or sweetener
- Combine acerola and 1 quart [1 liter] of water in the blender, and blend until the pulp is slightly broken down leaving the seeds as whole as possible.Sieve with a medium-mesh sieve, pressing to extract the liquid. Discard the solids.
- Add sugar or sweetener to taste.Add ice and serve.
Nutritional information is calculated automatically based on ingredients listed. Please consult your doctor if you need precise nutrition information.
Acerola or Barbado cherry has a taste similar to common cherries but less sweet and more acidic.
Acerola can be used to make juices (jugo de acerola or jugo de cereza), popsicles, and dulces en almíbar (candied fruit).
If there's a Spanish Caribbean or West Indies community near you, check with markets that cater to them. You may be able to find them frozen, as acerola cherries bruise very fast and easily and cannot be stored for long.
- Malpighia emarginata - PFAF.org