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 is Wonderfruit Açai®?
On Wonderfruit Açai® Frozen Packs
What is Wonderfruit Açai®? Wonderfruit Açai® is a line of premium, fresh frozen packs of authentic Amazon açai. Made with wild-grown açai berries from the depths of the Amazon rainforest, Wonderfruit Açai® is amazingly delicious and loaded with antioxidants, omegas 6 & 9 and dietary fiber! Close
What is Wonderfruit Açai® Real Pure? Wonderfruit Açai® Real Pure is just that: 100% pure Amazon açai. It contains no additives whatsoever, especially no citric acid, so you can finally enjoy the awesome flavor of authentic Amazon açai! Close
What is Wonderfruit Açai® energy blend? Wonderfruit Açai® Energy Blend is our premium, fresh frozen açai with an added energy boost from Ginseng and Ginkgo Biloba extracts. Lightly sweetened with organic cane juice, Wonderfruit Açai® Energy Blend can be enjoyed straight out of the pack or used to make amazing blended smoothies.Close
What are the health benefits of Wonderfruit Açai®? Wonderfruit Açai® provides 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
What differentiates Wonderfruit Açai® from other frozen açai packs? Wonderfruit Açai® is 100% additive-free: We use NO colors, flavors, preservatives, emulsifiers or thickeners of any kind. Crucially, Wonderfruit Açai® doesn't contain any citric acid which gives other frozen açai products a tart, astringent taste that is completely different from the real taste of açai: a mild bouquet of chocolaty flavors with subtle, fruity overtones. Close
What makes Wonderfruit Açai® different from açai beverages, juices and smoothies? Besides the fact that other açai beverages, juices and smoothies, whether bottled or made to order, don't taste anything like real açai, with Wonderfruit Açai® you get at least 3 times as much açai berry pulp and, therefore, at least 3 times as much of the healthy nutrients that characterize açai. In a nutshell, with Wonderfruit Açai® you get much more açai for your buck! Close
How does Wonderfruit Açai® compare to antioxidant-rich juices like pomegranate or blueberry? First, it gives you more than twice the amount of antioxidants. Second, instead of giving you plenty of natural sugars (fructose), Wonderfruit Açai® does exactly the opposite as it contains practically no sugars but is loaded with healthy omegas 6 & 9 (unsaturated fats), fiber and protein. In a nutshell: more antioxidants and healthy macronutrients, less sugar! Close
Why does Wonderfruit Açai® taste so different from other açai beverages and frozen packs? 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). Wonderfruit Açai® is free of any such additives or filler juices and therefore maintains the unadulterated taste of real açai - a velvety, dark-chocolaty taste that is both unique and delightful. Close
Is Wonderfruit Açai® a nutritional supplement? How much should I have per day? Wonderfruit Açai® is not a supplement but a very healthy food, so how many packs you have depends only on your appetite and calorie intake objectives (In the Amazon it is not uncommon for people to have more than 1 liter a day!) Close
- Is Wonderfruit Açai®an organic product?
Is Wonderfruit Açai®an organic product? Wonderfruit Açai® is made exclusively with wild-grown açai berries. So not only are there no pesticides, herbicides or fertilizers used in the growing process but there is actually no human intervention at all impacting the purity of the açai berries we use! In a nutshell, you get an organic product without the added cost of certification. Close
Why is Wonderfruit Açai® pasteurized? As there are no pesticides used on our wild-grown fruits, there are naturally occurring bacteria and microorganisms present on the fruit's surface when we pick it. These would rapidly multiply in the low-acid and nutrient rich environment açai provides. Pasteurization ensures a completely safe product for anyone without using any preservatives whatsoever. Close
Does pasteurization change the taste of Wonderfruit Açai®? The difference in taste between pasteurized and non-pasteurized açai is very slight. In fact, it takes even long-time consumers of açai a little effort to differentiate pasteurized from non-pasteurized açai. (The big difference in taste between the açai sold in the US and the one sold in the Amazon is not due to pasteurization but to the addition of citric acid, which Wonderfruit Açai® does not contain). Close
Does pasteurization reduce the nutritional benefits of Wonderfruit Açai®? Independent laboratory studies show that none of the important micro- and macronutrients of açai - antioxidants, heart-healthy fats and fiber - suffers any appreciable reduction 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
Are there any additives in Wonderfruit Açai®? Wonderfruit Açai® contains no additives whatsoever. Close
Are there any allergens in Wonderfruit Açai®? Wonderfruit Açai® contains no allergens. Close
Is Wonderfruit Açai® suited for children? It is totally suited for children: a lot of healthy nutrition and no caffeine, additives or other nasties. In the Amazon it is often given to babies as a substitute for mother's milk! Close
Must Wonderfruit Açai® be kept frozen? As it contains no preservatives whatsoever Wonderfruit Açai® must be kept frozen until it is consumed. Once thawed you should keep it in the fridge and consume it within a day or two. Close
What is the shelf life of Wonderfruit Açai®? Being gently pasteurized, immediately frozen and never reprocessed, Wonderfruit Açai® has a frozen shelf life of at least 36 months. 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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