Açaí is a highly nutritious berry that grows on a tall, thin palm in the Amazon floodplains.
High in the canopy of its pristine environment, the açaí palm produces clusters of dark purple berries. Although similar in the look and size of a blueberry, the açaí berry is mostly comprised of a large seed. The purple skin of the berry is what possesses tremendous health properties and has been used as a staple food by Amazon natives for centuries.
Acai palms can reach heights of up to 80 feet.The cluster of berries is called the cacho. Palms produce 4-8 cachos per year.Each basket, called a lata, weighs about 15 kg of raw fruit.Harvesters make a foot strap called a peconha to help climb the acai trees.