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Continental Drifter is the Alan Skyrme Photography blog first established in 2004 under the banner Continental Drift. In it we publish snippets about nutrition, information about fruit and food, articles about travel experiences, travel reviews and other related notes.

Shoot Froot - Açai

Acai fruit grows on palm trees close to the waters of the Amazon and its tributaries.

Acai fruit grows on palm trees close to the waters of the Amazon and its tributaries.

About acai - a superfruit

Name:                   Acai

Scientific name:  Euterope oleracea

Other names:      Acai, acai berry, assai,

Description:

Acai fruit grows on palm trees close to the waters of the Amazon and its tributaries. Its fruit are processed to produce acai "wine", a staple food in the Amazon Region, while its palm trunk yields palm heart, though palmito (palm heart) is more common in the Jussara palm (Euterpe edulis). Extraction of palm hearts effectively kills the palms, whereas a healthy palm can produce regular crops of fruit for years. 

Its fruit are the size of cherries and a rich source of antioxidant. While it can be eaten in the form of "wine" in the area in which it grows (usually unsweetened pure juice with or without meat or seafood), it is exported in freeze dried form for production of ice cream, juice and cosmetics.

Nutritional Benefits:

Acai is very rich in antioxidants.

Getting accurate nutritional value is difficult since most measurements are based on the freeze-dried powder and not on the fresh fruit. The powder is used to make frozen smoothie style products and ice cream which have different calorific contents.

Based on freeze dried pulp and skin (100g):

Calories 533.9 

carbohydrates 52.2 g of which 44.2g is dietary fibre

Protein 8.1 g 

total fat 32.5 g

vitamin C negligible

 calcium 260 mg

iron 4.4 mg

 vitamin A 1002 U  

aspartic acid 

glutamic acid

 

Health benefits:

Very high antioxidant benefits (said to be the highest among all natural foods.

 

ASG images library:

We have hundreds of acai images in stock and can shoot to order. At one point we had a specialist site (www.shootacai.com) though this is no longer supported.

Refer also to our Acai Photo Story

NB: While Alan Skyrme has qualifications in Nutrition it is strongly recommended that the latest available analyses of the nutritional contents and benefits are obtained from appropriate sources. Those indicated here are indicative only and may be out of date.