Euterpe oleracea

COMMON NAME

Açaí palm

TYPE

​Palm

FAMILY

​Arecaceae

NOTES

Acai is a tall, slim, multi-stemmed evergreen palm tree with an attractive crown of drooping leaves.  It has been cultivated for its fruit (açaí berries), hearts of palm (a vegetable), leaves and trunk wood. The fruit is particularly rich in antioxidants and is becoming more widely known as a healthy addition to other fruits in juices etc.

GEOGRAPHIC REGION

Trinidad and northern South America

NATIVE HABITAT

Found in tidal fresh water swamps and in regularly inundated areas along rivers and streams.

WEB SOURCES

palmpedia.net

wikipedia.org