Açaí palm

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Scientific classification
Binomial name
Euterpe oleracea

The Açaí palm (Assai palm) is a type of palm tree. There are seven different types of Açaí palms.[1][2] The tree grows in Central and South America. It has a black-purple fruit about the size of a grape called a euterpe. The seed inside is very big. The fruit grows in bunches of 700 to 900 fruits.

The palms are mainly used for two things: First, salads called palmitos (heart of palm) can be made from the leaves; for this, the tree needs to be cut down. Secondly, the fruits can be made into a fruit juice that is said to be very healthy.

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  1. Kew World Checklist of Selected Plant Families
  2. "Euterpe oleracea". Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations. Archived from the original on October 10, 2014. Retrieved February 2, 2013.

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