The Açaí Palm tree is native to Northern Brazil and it is known for the small berries that grow from it. The Amazonian “beauty berry,” or the açaí berry, has become famous worldwide for being a summertime treat called the açaí bowl. The exocarp or “the outermost layer” of the fruit is dark purple when the fruit is ripe. While the mesocarp or “the fleshy middle layer” is very thin being only around 1 mm or less. Both these layers surround a single seed that is thicker than the flesh, being 7-10 mm in diameter. Unlike many other fruits, the seed makes up about 60-80% of the fruit.
Açaí is highly regarded as the superfood of the Amazon. It is extremely rich in antioxidants and healthy fats (omegas 3, 6 & 9). The benefits of these omegas include improving the strength of the skin, hair, and nails. Further studies show that consuming enough antioxidants may strengthen the immune system and reduce inflammation in the body, which in return promotes longevity. They are also full of fiber, which improves regular bathroom usage, keeps you full, and your blood sugar steady. Studies suggest that long-term consumption of polyphenols can protect the body against cancer, diabetes, and other diseases.
Açaí has a slightly earthy flavor with notes of raspberry, pomegranate, and blackberry. This berry is more tart than other berries, but it can easily be sweetened to taste.