What is Acai?

Acai (pronounced ah-sigh-ee) are the fruit of the acai palm tree which grows throughout the Amazonian river in south America.They don't last long on a shelf so you can generally find them as frozen form. The oblong, deep purple berries grow in large sprays on fan-like branches. The acai berry is actually just 10% fruit, 10% pulp and 80% seed, making most of the acai actually inedible! 

The Açai palm takes 10 to 12 years to bear fruit, but once mature, a single palm can produce thousands of fruits in one season.

Acai are rich in nutrients and also contains anthocyanin & flavonoids, compounds known for their antioxidant qualities.

According to Mayo Clinic, acai berries may have more antioxidants than other berries: Acai berries contain antioxidants… They may have more antioxidant content than other commonly eaten berries, such as cranberries, blueberries and strawberries.”

You may get your Acai fix over here. Acai products are readily available and can be enjoyed with toppings like granola or cookie butter.