Açai berries are amongst the most nutritious food of the Amazon. The açai berry is native to Central and Southern America and harvested by the indigenous people of South America. Most of the açai grows wild in the Amazon Rainforest on high branches of tall palm trees. These trees can be up to 15-20metres tall and with each branch loaded with several hundred açai berries.
Açai grows in several different places in Brazil including the Acre, Para and other regions of South America. The majority of our açai comes from the Para region of Brazil which has very rich soil and heavy concentrations of limestone. Açai growing in such floodplains is the most natural form of açai that can be found and also tastes the best.
The most common use of the Açai berry is the dark purple juice. It is extracted by soaking the seeds in water to soften the outer layer and then squeezing and straining them to produce a very tasty dense purple liquid. The açai juice is served fresh, sometimes with added sugar to sweeten.
Often the açai juice is mixed with cassava flour to produce porridge.
There are currently three grades of açai- popular, medio and espeçial. These grades has been formalized according to the percentage of açai fruit pulp they contain. In order to produce the Açai pulp it is mixed with water. The amount of water determines the grade of the Açai. Our premium grade Açai contains at least 25% pure fruit. This is currently the best on the market and even better than the common espeçial 15% grade.