The ripe orange to dark red, to 2 x 2.5 cm wide and shallow shaped cherry fruits are ribbed with three ribs. The yellow-orange, juicy pulp is acid by up to 5% of ascorbic acid high-content (vitamin C), with which the fruit is one of the most vitamin C-rich fruit in the world. The fruit contains three seeds.
The fruits can be used, or to be processed as a hand fruit compote. Also, the sap of the acerola can be mixed by other fruit juices to increase the vitamin C content. From the fruit extract can be produced Vitamin C-tablets, although these nowadays largely from synthetic vitamin C are made.