On Açai- What is the açai palm berry?
What is the açai palm berry? The açai palm berry is the round, black-purple fruit of a palm tree that grows wild in the Amazon rainforest, particularly in the nutrient-rich floodplains of the Amazon river estuary. Slightly larger than a blueberry, it consists of a single large, inedible seed covered by a thin skin (where all the nutrients are). Therefore, Amazon natives do not consume the fruit directly but use its skin to make a thick, creamy, dark purple liquid called "açai." Close
What is açai? Açai is a creamy, dark purple liquid of chowder-like consistency that is an essential part of the diet of many Amazon natives. It is made by mixing the skin of açai fruits (separated from the large seed in a manual or mechanical grinding process) with potable water. So, technically, açai is not a juice in the sense of a liquid extracted by pressing fruit, but an emulsion, that is, a liquid in which açai fruit solids are suspended in water. (Please note that in this website, as well as all other company materials, the word "açai" always refers to this emulsion, while the fruit used to make it will be referred to as "açai palm berry" or "açai fruit".) Close
How is açai consumed in the Amazon? In the Amazon you have açai two ways. Either unsweetened, as a savory sauce accompanying fish, shrimp or meat, or as a stand-alone dish or snack: The açai is sweetened, often topped with crunchy manioc root pellets and spooned straight out of a gourd. Close
What are the nutritional benefits of açai? Açai is one of the planet's healthiest and most nutritious foods. It provides energy in the form of heart-healthy omega 6 and 9 fatty acids and supports the body's vital functions through an unrivaled concentration of antioxidants. Açai also contains a high amount of fiber and some protein, but no caffeine or sugars! Close
What are the different grades of açai? The Brazilian Ministry of Agriculture has defined three grades of açai according to the amount of açai fruit solids they contain: Açai "popular" (lower grade) must contain at least 8% fruit solids, açai "medio" (middle grade) at least 11% fruit solids and açai "especial" (special grade) a minimum of 14% fruit solids. Close
- What differentiates Amazon Planet’s açai purées from other brands?
On Wonderfruit Açai® Frozen Packs
Our organic açai purées are 100% additive-free: We use NO colors, flavors, preservatives, emulsifiers or thickeners of any kind, just fresh-picked, organic berries. A difference you can taste! Close
First of all, our sorbets are not made from frozen ingredients or açai concentrates, but are made right there in the Amazon, directly from fresh-picked berries. Second, our sorbets are purer as they don’t contain colors, flavors or preservatives of any kind. And third, our sorbets are all-organic as we don’t use any conventional ingredients. Try it to believe it! Close
Our purées are made for blending (they’re absolutely unsweetened containing 0g sugars per serving): Just pop a 100g pack into the blender, add your favorite fruit and some juice, almond milk and coconut water and blend it into an amazing smoothie or bowl! For some delicious recipes check out our Wonderblends™.
Our sorbets can be blended just like our packs, but they can also be enjoyed straight out of the pint! Scoop it straight out and savor it pure or with your favorite topping. Close
Our organic açai purées and sorbets provide you with all the healthy nutrition of real Amazon açai: Loads of antioxidants to combat free radicals, plenty of heart-healthy omega 6 and 9 fatty acids and a good amount of dietary fiber to regulate your gastrointestinal function.Close
The tart, "refreshing" taste that a lot of açai products have in the US does not come from the açai but from filler juices and/or added acidifiers (usually citric acid). Our products are free of any such additives or filler juices and therefore maintain the unadulterated taste of real açai - a velvety, natural, dark-chocolaty taste that is both unique and delightful.Close
Yes, all of our products are now organic certified! In fact, unlike other brands, we don’t use any conventional ingredients whatsoever. And, of course, our products continue being made exclusively with wild-harvested açai berries. Close
As no pesticides are used on our wild-grown fruits, there are naturally occurring bacteria and microorganisms present on the fruit's surface when we pick them. If we didn’t flash-pasteurize our products these naturally occurring bacteria would rapidly multiply in the low-acid and nutrient rich environment açai provides, thereby turning the products rancid. Pasteurization ensures a completely safe product without using any preservatives whatsoever.antioxidants and healthy macronutrients, less sugar! Close
Independent laboratory studies show that none of the important micro- and macronutrients of açai (antioxidants, heart-healthy fats and fiber) suffer from pasteurization. The reduction in heat-sensitive enzymes, on the other hand, is the price we have to pay to ensure that our product can safely withstand the long logistical process from the heart of the Amazon rainforest to your freezer without the help of preservatives. Close
Our products contain no gluten, wheat, nuts, soy, dairy or other known allergens. Close
Our PURE products are totally suited for children: a lot of healthy, delicious nutrition and no caffeine, additives or other nasties. (In the Amazon pure açai is often given to babies as a substitute for mother's milk!) On the other hand, we do not recommend our ENERGY products for children, as they contain natural caffeine from green tea and yerba mate extract.. Close
As our products contain no preservatives whatsoever they must be kept frozen until consumed. Close
- Does consuming Amazon Planet’s açai products really contribute toward the preservation of the Amazon?
On Amazon Planet®
Does consuming Amazon Planet’s açai products really contribute toward the preservation of the Amazon? Besides bearing the açai fruit, the açai palm tree is also famous for its soft, inner core, namely the palm hearts that are used in salads and other "gourmet" dishes. Increased demand for açai means a greater economic incentive for local farmers to preserve the açai palm for its fruit rather than cutting it down for its palm heart (or for any other reason). Close
What are Amazon Planet's guiding principles? Respect consumers by providing them with real açai and real information on açai and respect the Amazon by helping to preserve its nature and native culture. Close
- What does Amazon Planet do to contribute toward the preservation of the Amazon?
What does Amazon Planet do to help preserve the Amazon's nature and native culture? The açai berries in Wonderfruit Açai® are bought directly from local farmers in the rainforests of the Amazon River Delta, the heartland of açai. By eliminating intermediaries, Amazon Planet is able to pay farmers fair prices for their açai fruits. This gives the farmers an added incentive to preserve the beautiful açai groves which are an important part of the fragile Amazon Delta ecosystem. Furthermore, a part of Amazon Planet's proceeds is dedicated to educational and environmental projects in the Amazon aimed at sustainable economic development for the region and the preservation of its ecosystem and native culture. Close
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