MEET THE MAGIC: AÇAÍ

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MEET THE MAGIC: AÇAI

Learn more about one of our favorite nutrient-rich superfoods

MEET THE MAGIC: AÇAI

The vision behind Passionflower is not just to fill your body with tasty offerings; We whole-heartedly believe in each person who walks through our door, and want to empower EVERYONE to heroically take hold of their wellness and make wise and informed diet and lifestyle choices. We want you to be the best you, and we figured that it’s time to give you a closer glimpse at our menu, a more personal introduction to our team members and vendors, and a more in-depth examination of some of nature’s most nutritionally-rich and exciting ingredients.

So, Passionbuds, this is Meet the Menu. Meet the Makers. Meet the Magic. In an effort to share our knowledge and enthusiasm, every once in a while we’ve decided to drop a short blurb relating to one of these themes. And now, with introductions out of the way, it’s time to Meet the Magic: The Açaí Berry.

HERE TO STAY

You, like us, have probably realized by now that this super berry is here is to stay--it’s not just going to blow over like another faddish food trend. Açaí berries (Euterpe Oleracea) are the small dark purple fruits of the Açaí Palm, a tree native to the South American countries of Brazil, Colombia, and Suriname. The Açaí Palm has long stood (at nearly 60 feet tall!) as a valuable resource to native tribes--having been used not just for sustenance, but for medicine, ink, dye, and roof thatching too.

WHY WE LOVE IT

As a food, however, this berry is just as diverse. It has anti-inflammatory characteristics, is bursting with Vitamin A, ripe with Calcium, and an important source of dietary fiber. In traditional practice, the açaí berry has been used to promote the health of the immune system, increase energy and libido, and reinforce heart health. Preliminary research also suggests that the berry potentially possesses anticancer and antidiabetic properties. In spiritual practice, the leaves of the açaí palm have been soaked and applied to the necks of infants to ward off evil.

TASTE THE GOODNESS

At Passionflower, we cherish the taste, the beauty, and the nutrition of the açaí berry. It is the feature of our Forever Young superfood smoothie! With Spring upon us, these are great, refreshing options to bolster your health and treat your fruity cravings.

Be well, Passionbuds!