Acai Harvesting &
It is very important for us here at Healthy Action to ensure
not only do we supply the highest quality of Organic Freeze
Acai products, but we also ensure that acai harvesting is performed
in a sustainable and ecologically - friendly way.
Before the acai berry become a popular and exportable product for
the Amazonian inhabitants, vast amounts of acai trees were cut
down for their soft and highly coveted palm hearts - considered a
delicacy by many. Fortunately, as the export market grows for this
berry, and via the use of Fair Trade
practices, we can actively
make our contribution towards keeping the Amazon standing -
instead of being cut down for wood pulp!
By providing Real & Tangible Financial
Incentives to for the local
inhabitants, we can progrssively preverve more and more of the
6 milion plus acres of acai forests - remember, the more acai
we can supply to our Australian customers, the more we can assist
the preservation of this amazing bio
Capsules (60 caps).
150 grams of pure
Berry powder (Freeze Dried)
How Acai Fruit is
This berry has been used as a staple food in traditional Amazon cultures for many thousands of years - and
the method of acai harvesting has changed very little since then!
Locals will climb the tall slim acai tree, with the assistance of a foot harness, until they reach a cluster of
acai berries. The bunch is then cut and then dropped into a waiting cradle below.
Since this berry is so full of enzymes,
there is in fact very little time in which to process the fruit before it will begin to degrade and lose its
nutritional potency - usually less than 24 hours.
The acai fruit is quickly removed from its bunches by collectors below and then collected within large cane
baskets. Much of the time processing facilities are nearby - thus reducing travel time so as to preserve the
integrity of the berry.
Freeze Drying - Quality is
Before processing, the acai berry is soaked in warm water for between 30 - 40
minutes, thus allowing for easier removal of the flesh. As 90% of the fruit is in fact seed, large
quantities of berries must be processed. The acai is then either manually converted to pulp (as
seen to the left), or reduced mechanically within large manufacturing plants.
Once the pulp is removed, it then undergoes a process called Lyophilization - more commonly known as
freeze drying. At this stage, the acai pulp is frozen solid, whilst at the same time reducing the
surrounding atmospheric pressure, thus allowing the frozen water in the pulp to evaporate from the solid state of
ice directly into gas.
The application of high vacuum and very cool temperatures (below 50 degrees celcius), removes virtually all
of the water content from the acai pulp - leaving nothing but a very fine powder. As freeze drying greatly reduces
the water content, virtually all microorganisms and enzymatic activity are removed - thus allowing for a product
that will not spoil or degrade. Learn more of the benefits of freeze drying...
The complexity of freeze drying inevitably adds
cost to the final product - but let it be known that this is the only way in which the original nutrition and
bio - availability of the acai berry remains intact!