Acai Berry Euterpe oleracea
The acai (ah-sigh-EE) berry is a blueberry/grape-like fruit harvested from a type of palm tree native to the rainforests of Brazil. The berries have a rich, dark taste similar to pomegranate and have been cultivated for centuries. Acai berries and the palm tree have been incredibly important for the indigenous people of the Brazilian rainforest-providing them with both sustenance and a source of income.
Despite being recently dubbed a “super fruit” by the rest of the world, Brazilians have been using acai berries for years to help treat skin conditions. This fruit has many similar benefits to that of grapes. Very high in antioxidants, anthocyanins, and polyphenols, acai berries are great to keep free radicals at bay and have many heart health benefits. The “super fruit” label is rightly earned.