Açai Berries

You're a small, round, black-purple fruit, similar in appearance to a grape, but smaller and with less pulp and produced in branched clusters of 500 to 900 fruits!

You're found throughout the Amazon basin and are particularly abundant in the eastern region. One of the most common palms in the state of Pará, dominating the landscape. You prefer flooded and wetland areas and can easily regenerate. But you also need sort of a second canopy that provides shade, preventing people from cutting the taller trees in the region.

The local and indigenous river people in the Amazon forest have been communing with you for hundreds of years... at times you actually made up to 80% of their diet.

With your flourishing popularity, the commerce of your precious fruit has become the main source of income for many families and most of you that comes from Brazil is wild harvested and fair traded.

Acai Berry Oil is expensive, part because of its popularity and also because the extraction of the açaí oil corresponds to only 1% of the volume of the fruits, which is incredibly low.

A tale of how fragile our ecosystems have become. I see you, I honor you.

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