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Euterpe
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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". http://www.fao.org/docrep/v0784e/v0784e0b.htm. Retrieved February 2, 2013. 

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