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açaí

(ä'säē`), tree, Euterpe oleracea, of the family Arecaceae (palmpalm,
common name for members of the Palmae, a large family of chiefly tropical trees, shrubs, and vines. Most species are treelike, characterized by a crown of compound leaves, called fronds, terminating a tall, woody, unbranched stem.
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 family) and its fruit, grown chiefly in Pará state in the Amazon region of Brazil. The trees can grow to 60 ft (18 m). the small, round, dark purple fruits are typically 1-2 in. (1.3 cm) in diameter. Initially collected from the wild, açaí is now cultivated on plantations; the tree and other trees in the genus Euterpe are also grown for hearts of palm. The pulp of the açaí fruit, botanically a drupe, or stone fruit, is often sweetened and frozen. An important part of the local diet for centuries, it has since 2000 enjoyed growing popularity as a dietary supplement. Although studies have shown that the fruit is a source of antioxidants, claims about specific health benefits are unproven.
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Below left, Justicia rizzinii, and, right, the acai palm, whose deep purple berries are used in health drinks
Acai berries are the fruit of the acai palm (Euterpe oleracea), which is indigenous to Brazil, especially in the areas near the Amazon River.
The AQUACAI name comes from combining1 the word aqua and the name of the acai palm, which is known for its Fruit.
And despite the added mango butter and acai palm, the unpleasant smell was still unmistakeable.
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The Amazonian caboclo and the acai palm forest farmers in the global market.