|Dimensions in meters||Up to 22 m in height (including canopy)|
|Maturity of tree before yields||5 years|
|Productivity lifetime||20+ years|
|Production zones and cultivation methods||The huasaí fruit is small, round, black-purple in colour and produced in compound racemes of 500 to 900 fruits each. It is most often harvested in wild rainforests and grows in both flooded and non-flooded areas. Although rarely cultivated, some farmers have successfully integrated the palm trees in agroforestry systems.
E. precatoria is closely related to the more commonly-known açai fruit, Euterpe oleracea, but the two should not be confused; E. oleracea produces larger açaí fruits and is cultivated extensively in the Brazilian Amazon.
Per 100 g edible portion (EP) of fresh pulp
|Huasaí fruit is rich in antioxidants and an excellent source of vitamin C and E. A 100 g edible portion contains 14% the daily recommended intake of vitamin E for an adult and 37% of their daily vitamin C.|
|Energy (kcal)||67 kcal|
|% Daily Value (DV) *|
|Macronutrients||Protein: 0.78 g||2 %|
|Fats: 4.27 g||5.5 %|
|Carbohydrates: 3.1 g||1 %|
|Key Minerals||Magnesium: 16 mg||4 %|
|Zinc: 0.35 mg||3 %|
|Iron: 0.3 mg||3 %|
|Key Vitamins||Vitamin C: 33.69 mg||37 %|
|Vitamin E: 2.05 mg||14 %|
|Other||Dietary fibre: 6.3 g||23%|
|*All Daily Recommended Values are calculated using the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA)’s recommendation guide.|
Found in the southern Amazonian states of Peru (Madre de Dios), Brazil (Acre, Rhodônia) and Bolivia (Pando).
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