Native to Brazil and other parts of South America, the acai berry grows on the acai palm; a tree prized by native populations. The fruit of the acai tree represents a vital component of the diet of locals who drink up to 2 litres of watered-down acai pulp per day during harvest season. Each acai tree can produce up to 1000kg of fruit, with individual fruits weighing only a few grams.
Growing abundantly in the floodplains of the Amazon river basin in Brazil, the acai palm withstands rainfall of over 2500mm. Pronounced ‘ai-sigh-ee’, the tropical palm tree reaches heights of 30-40m and can exist at densities of up to 7000 trees per hectare with its branches merging to form the rainforest canopy.
Acai berries are widely associated with beauty due to their vitamin A content as well as polyphenols which are phytonutrients that act as antioxidants promoting skin health. The anthocyanins present in acai are responsible its deep purple colour and indicate its premium quality as overprocessing results in an unpleasant brown colour. High in vitamin A, calcium, and potassium, both the nutrients and the colour of our acai powder is preserved through freeze-drying at -40°C.