Assai Palm l Acai Palm l Euterpe oleracea 4
Commonly found in South America, Acai Palm or Euterpe oleracea is a palm tree cultivated for its fruits and palm hearts. It is tall and slender growing up to 25-30 m high. Its leaves are pinnate and up to 3 m long each. It is medicinally used for haemorrhages, fevers, wounds, scorpion stings, diarrhoea, and jaundice. The fruit is small, purple-black in colour, and can be eaten raw. It has a thin, fibrous, fleshy pulp that is rich in antioxidants. The juice from the fruit is a refreshing drink that is often served ice cold or made into ice cream, liquor, mousses, and sweets in general. The leaves are commonly used as weaving material but can also be cooked. It is crunchy, with a sweet flavour. Edible oil can be obtained from the seed. The wood is used locally for rafters, laths, rustic buildings, etc.
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