Acai is also a major export of Brazil with the U.S. being the leading importer. Pigments in the berry serve as coloring agents in the food, beverage and cosmetic industries, and the powdered fruit is used as a dietary supplement and is an ingredient in functional foods.
The fruit is also used locally in Brazil to prepare a porridge called mingau, which typically combines acai fruit pulp, oats, nut milk and a variety of toppings like coconut flakes or cacao nibs. Westerners may recognize this culinary creation as the “acai bowl” made popular by trendy eateries and cooking magazines in recent years.
|active compounds||Fatty acids (monounsaturated oleic acid, palmitic, linoleic acid, anthocyanin 3-glycosides, cyanidin-3-rutinoside and cyanidin-3-glucose, catechin, ellagic acid, epicatechin, ferulic acid, gallic acid, gallotannins, p-hydroxy benzoic acid, protocatechuic acid, p-coumaric acid and vanillic acid.|
|plant part used||fruit|
|storage tips||Store in a sealed container away from direct heat and sunlight.|
|appearance & aroma||Vibrant deep purple powder with a tart, earthy aroma. |
|flavor profile||Vibrant deep purple powder with a tart, earthy aroma. |
|cosmetic||Use acai berry fruit powder to add color and antioxidants to skin care formulations, including soaps, lotions, creams, lip balms, blushers and eye shadows, and hair rinses.|
|decorative||The powder may be mixed with water to create a dye for cotton, wool and handmade papers, sometimes in combination with coffee, hibiscus or annatto. |
|culinary||The powder may be mixed with water to create a dye for cotton, wool and handmade papers, sometimes in combination with coffee, hibiscus or annatto. |
|wellness||Encapsulate acai berry fruit powder as a dietary supplement.|
|industrial||Acai fruit powder is used as a color additive and nutraceutical to a variety of prepared foods, fruit snacks, energy bars, muffins, breads and other baked goods, teas and other beverages.|