Standardized: acai berry, cabbage palm
Other: assai palm
Euterpe oleraceae Mart.
Plant Family: Arecaceae
Eutrema wasabi, Wasabia japonica
The acai (pronounced a-sigh-e) palm tree and its berries are indigenous to Central and South America. The palm tree is thin and approximately 25 meters high with groups of branches and ribbon like leaves. The berries hang from the branches in large clusters. Each tree produces about 20 kg of fruit per year and is one of the leading crops in Brazil. It was revered as an energy food, and was traditionally pulped to make wine.
Typical Constituents Per 100 Gram
Omega 3- 15mg
Omega 6- 300mg
Omega 9 - 900mg
Vitamin A- 4%
Vitamin C- 15%
The acai berry is the only part used, and usually with the seed removed.
Because the berries will start to spoil within 24 hours of being harvested, they must be quickly turned into juice, wine, or freeze dried and turned into a powder. The line of acai offered by Mountain Rose Herbs is freeze dried.
Acai berry is relatively new to the western world and has yet to be thoroughly researched. What is known is that the acai berry is extremely high in antioxidants and anthocyanins, rich in protein fiber, vitamin E and iron. It is naturally low in sugar and the flavor is described as a mixture of red wine and chocolate.
Specific: No known precautions.
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