The small wild tree of the Camu Camu fruit native from the Peruvian Amazon rainforest needs a special ecosystem to grow: at the edges of the rivers of the Amazon, in dark waters and lakes seasonally flooded by rain. When the tiny red fruits drop from the tree over the water level, it is manually harvested with the help of canoes.
Its name comes from the Indian Amazon language “Tupi”. According to the popular traditions of this ethnic group, “camu camu” is the sound produced by a special Amazon fish when they eat the fruits that fall into the water.
In native communities it is used as a medical plant, named as “la milagrosa” (the miraculous) because of its amazing healing properties.