Below left, Justicia rizzinii, and, right, the acai palm
, whose deep purple berries are used in health drinks
The organic berries are harvested from sustainably grown acai palm
trees in the Brazilian Amazon rainforest."
Rogez, who published on acai's anthocyanin and fiber-rich properties in the 1990s, continues to work with the fruit and has trained a growing cadre of graduates in the ecological, chemical, and food production aspects of the acai palm and its berry.
The acai palm also produces palmito (palm hearts), which have long been favored in salads for their texture and blandness.
fruit (Euterpe oleracera Mart.) pulp improves survival of flies on a high fat diet.
Among them are products made from the fruit of the acai palm
(pronounced ah-sigh-EE), which typically grows on the edges of the Amazon forest in Brazil.
Harvested from acai palm
trees in Central and South America, the acai berry looks a bit like a large blueberry with a big seed in the middle.
In Brazil the focus is on rubber, palm heart, acai palm
, or Brazil nuts.
The acai berry is the fruit of the acai palm
and is traditionally consumed in Brazil but has gained popularity abroad as a food and functional ingredient, yet little information exists on its health effect in humans.