Great things come from small packages. This adage is true for the small fruit similar to a grape known as the Acai berry of La Palmera de Acai. If these trees were to make an appearance in our backyards, it would most likely be written off as just another exotic palm variety with no obvious practical purpose.
Acai berries also look nondescript from their common purple-red color and small size to the vines these berries cling to. It’s easy to dismiss both the tree and the fruit until the health benefits of this so-called tree of life come to light. As a side note, the acai palm is known as a tree of life to the native peoples of the Amazon because every part of it can be used to supply basic human needs such as food, clothing, and shelter.
Regardless, it is important to know the life cycle of the acai berry from its seed stage to its supplement stage.
If acai palms are grown from seed, these seeds should be planted in moist, nutrient-rich soil that mimics the soil of the swamps and floodplains of the Amazon. Of Race, Planty of Sunlight is necessary to nurture plants. It should be noted that the acai palm is native to Central and South America, so it is important to consider whether your location in the world is similar enough to your native home to be a successful acai grower.
In two weeks, the seeds will shoot up from the ground with a few young leaves on the shoot growing from the tender stems. The growing conditions of artificially grown ACAI plants must closely mimic the environmental condition of the Amazon for obvious reasons.
Over the next few months, these tender shoots will develop into post-infant palm trees with several leaves on top. The palm trees should be a few feet tall now, a clue to the heights the acai palms will grow to in adulthood. No acai berries will be visible, although the smaller lateral stems that the berries grow on will be in their place.
In adults, Acai’s palm can grow anywhere from 15 to 30 meters with thin trunks. Pinnate leaves reach up to 3 meters long with a typical arrangement of other palm trees. The small lateral stems are shorter than the primary stems and, as mentioned above, are the bearers of the coveted acai berry.
But it must be emphasized that even when the acai palm has reached maturity it does not necessarily mean that it will bear fruit. Acai berries usually appear on the small lateral stems 3-4 years after the tree has relatively matured. This usually happens when the tree is already 8 to 10 feet above the ground.
In most Acai palm varieties used for commercial purposes, mature Aca berries are determined by their intense purple color, although mature berries in other varieties can be green. These berries grow in branched panicles that consist of 500 to 900 fruits, although workers must move quickly during harvest, the berries quickly deteriorate once they are collected from the tree.
Modern manufacturing processes are specifically used for drying to preserve the nutrients in acai berries before selling these supplements to end consumers. Therefore, acai berry supplements are already available in their convenient pill, powder, and juice forms.
For many of us, to be able to cultivate a palm that produces such a acclaimed fruit in the world in the luxury of the house itself is becoming a possibility as more and more knowledge about this plant is discovered.