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The açaí palm (Euterpe oleracea) is a species of palm tree in the genus Euterpe cultivated for their fruit and superior hearts of palm. The fruit, a small, round, black-purple is produced in branched panicles of 500 to 900 fruits.

The acai palm (Euterpe oleracea), pronounced ah-sah-ee, is a member of the Euterpe genus and is native to Central and South America, from Belize south to Brazil and Peru.

Acai berries have been an important fruit to the inhabitants of the Amazon region of Brazil, originally as food and today as a cash crop.

The acai berry in recent years have been shown to have high antioxidant properties particularly when freeze dried, powdered or the essence extracted. It has also been associated with weight loss and anti ageing but this has not been confirmed in the US by the FDA.

Recently, the açaí fruit has been marketed as a dietary supplement. Companies sell açaí products in the form of tablets, juice, smoothies, yogurt, instant drink powders, and whole fruit. Many companies even mistakenly market the açaí fruits as berries.

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