What is Açaí?

Açaí (Euterpe oleracea), or Acai, is a species of palm native to tropical South and Central America. Its fruits, commonly known as açaí berries, have long been used both as a food source and a medicinal plant by the indigenous and local peoples of the Amazon basin.

Since açaí berries are easily perishable, they are usually flash frozen and used in a number of recipes, namely smoothies and juices. They can also be dried and powdered with the same purpose. Açaí extract, on the other hand, is used in food supplements.

Main properties of açaí:


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