Have you heard of acai? Pronounced ah-sigh-ee, these clusters of round, dark purple-to-black, berry-shaped fruits are a powerful superfood that are packed with antioxidants and a great addition to your healthy diet.
Acai are harvested to make juice, herbal supplements and other products. The inner core of the thin trunk of the açaí tree is well-known as the source of hearts of palm.
Açaí is primarily grown in the Pará region of the Amazon estuary, in the northern region of Brazil. It also grows in French Guyana, Panama, Ecuador, and Trinidad.
Açaí is one of nature’s richest sources of anthocyanins—a powerful antioxidant. The fruit of açaí also contains protein, fiber, enzymes, vitamin E, amino acids, minerals (potassium, calcium, magnesium, phosphorus, copper, manganese, zinc, and boron), phytosterols, and beneficial fatty acids.