Acai pronounced Ah-sī-ˈē, is known world wide for it’s antioxidant rich fruit, which grows on acai palms (Euterpe oleracea) in Central and South America. Acai got its name from the Portuguese adaptation of the Tupian word ïwaca’i, meaning fruit that cries or expels water. The fruit grows in panicles (hanging branched bunches) of 500-900 berries, making acai a plentiful, and renewable resource for indigenous people in the Amazon.
Not Just for Fruit
What many people don’t know is that acai berries have seeds and those seeds make excellent beads. The beads that come from acai average between 6-8mm in diameter. Once harvested, the seeds are drilled and polished. Because these beads are organic and natural, size and shape varies from seed to seed, making each acai bead slightly different, with beautiful variations that make each bead unique.
Good for Your Wardrobe, and the Economy
Acai beads are all hand made and hand drilled, by skilled artisans, creating many jobs due to the high demand of acai world wide. In fact, harvesting and preparing acai beads is a source of industry for the many of the indigenous people of South America, providing a source of income for many families, strengthening the economic prosperity of generations to come.
Thus, it’s clear to see why acai beads are truly special.