The Açai berry is the fruit of a type of Palm Tree (Euterpe Oleracea-Cabbage Palm) native to the area and cultivated in specific regions in the Brazilian Amazon Rainforest. The small dark berries that the tree produces have been used by the native inhabitants of this particular area of Brazil for thousands of years.
The Açai berry, with its high source of energy, is not only beneficial for health and medicinal purposes, but is also said to have sustained the natives during the yearly flooding of the 3,000+ mile Mighty Amazon River that rises some thirty meters each year.
The Açai berry, and its various health benefits, are commonly used throughout Brazil as an energizing beverage and breakfast food and have remained a secret to the rest of the world until just the last few years.
The advent of modern Agro-technology such as systematic cultivation and harvest and the ability to flash-freeze the açai pulp, the nutritional benefits of the açai berry are now available world-wide.What is an Antioxidant Superfood?
Superfoods are defined as nutrient-rich foods considered especially beneficial for health and well-being. The Açaí Berry is one of the most well-known of the super food varieties.
There is a lot of variety in what makes a particular food “Super,” but most are recognized to contain high levels of antioxidant polyphenols, phytochemicals, essential amino acids, omega 3s, monounsaturated fatty acids, vitamins, trace minerals, dietary fiber — often all of the above!
To preserve Superfoods' nutritional integrity, they must be minimally-processed, using traditional methods or cutting-edge, low-temperature technologies.