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Freeze Dried Açaí Powder, Brazil

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Açaí, the superfruit of the Amazon 

You've likely heard people talking about it, seen them taking pictures of it, or enjoyed a bowl of it yourself—açaí is popping up everywhere. It's no surprise, this superfruit of the Amazon has a lot to offer when it comes to nutrition and flavor!

Over the years, açaí has played an increasingly important role for Brazil and its farmers; improving the livelihood of communities, providing safe and stable working conditions and much needed economic resources.  What is açaí, though, and why should you use it in your home or kitchen?

What is açaí?

Açaí is a "superfruit" that resembles a blueberry and is often referred to as a berry, but this fruit actually isn't a berry at all. It's a drupe, a fleshy fruit with a single seed—more closely related to peaches and olives than berries. The round, berry-like fruit hangs from drape-like branches and ripens to black or purple in color.   

Açaí has been popularized due to its nutritional value and distinct flavor and is frequently found in smoothies, fruit bowls, and an ever-increasing number of foods and beverages. The round, berry-like fruit hangs from drape-like branches and ripens to black or purple in color.  

Where does açaí grow?

Açaí is the fruit of the Eutrpe Oleracea palm, which is native to Brazil, Peru, Trinidad, and several other nations. These trees are commonly found in swamps and floodplains regions. Açaí is harvested twice a year.

Why use Freeze-dried açaí powder instead of fresh açaí fruit? 

  • The nutritional and flavor properties of açaí quickly deteriorate, once harvested. Freeze-drying the fruit preserves the fruit, ensuring the appeal of the superfruit is not lost in transit.
  • The Açaí seed, or pit, can be an unpleasant surprise. In the powdered form, you are getting all the flavor and nutrition from the fruit, without fussing to remove the seed. 
  • Açaí contains less than 40 percent fruit by volume once the seed is removed. In the freeze-dried version, you are getting a very concentrated amount of flavor and nutrients. 
  • Freeze-dried acai powder is made by freeze-drying the açaí berry, removing all moisture, and grinding into a fine powder to preserve the delicate flavor profile of this Amazonian fruit
  • What does açaí taste like? 

    This fleshy little fruit is often described as having a similar flavor to both raspberries and pomegranates, but earthier, less sweet, and similar notes to those found in cacao. 

    How to use freeze-dried açaí in your fruit bowls and smoothies 

    Freeze-dried açaí can be easily added to shakes, smoothies, and fruit bowls by simply mixing in water or adding alongside other ingredients during the blending process. We suggest starting with 1-2 tablespoons per eight-ounce serving and adjusting to fit your specific taste preferences.

    Often times, açaí is also sweetened with sugar, honey, or traditionally gauraná, but we personally enjoy letting the other fruits naturally lend their sweetness to the final product rather than adding additional sugars. Try for yourself and customize exactly your nutritious culinary creations with our convenient, easy to use, and high-quality açaí powder today or shop any of Slofoodgroup's great spices and flavor products. 

     *Our açaí powder is all-natural, gluten free, rich in antioxidants, certified kosher, and non-GMO (because our customers deserve the best).

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