A-Z Food Photography Picture Guide - The Acai Berry

THE ACAI BERRY
Stock pictures of the acai berry the super fruit anti oxident from the Amazon. The acai berry has been associated with helping weight loss. (© Paul Williams 2009)

 

The açaí palm (Euterpe oleracea) is a species of palm tree in the genus Euterpe cultivated for their fruit and superior hearts of palm. The fruit, a small, round, black-purple is produced in branched panicles of 500 to 900 fruits.

The acai palm (Euterpe oleracea), pronounced ah-sah-ee, is a member of the Euterpe genus and is native to Central and South America, from Belize south to Brazil and Peru.The palms prefer to live in floodplains and swampland and grow to a height of 15-30 meters. The acai palm is very fast growing and is grown for its fruit and palm hearts which are eaten in salads. The acai fruit is about 25mm in diameter and grows on branches that support 800 or so acai fruits. When ripe the acai berry is a deep black purple colour with a large seed in the middle.

 

In the northern state of Pará, Brazil, açaí pulp is traditionally served in gourds called "cuias" with tapioca and, depending on the local preference, can be consumed either salty or sweet (sugar, rapadura, and honey are known to be used in the mix). Açaí has become popular in southern Brazil where it is consumed cold as açaí na tigela ("açaí in the bowl"), mostly mixed with granola. Açaí is also consumed in Brazil as an ice cream flavor or juice.[citation needed] The juice has also been used in a flavored liqueur. Since the 1990s açaí juice and extracts are used globally in various juice blends, smoothies, sodas, and other beverages.

 

Acai berries have been an important fruit to the inhabitants of the Amazon region of Brazil, originally as food and today as a cash crop. The acai berry in recent years have been shown to have antioxidant properties particularly when freeze dried, powdered or the essence extracted. It has also been associated with weight loss but this has not been confirmed in the US by the FDA.

 

Photos & pictures of the famous Brazilian acai berries the super fruit anti oxident from the Amazon. Acai berries has been used to help weight loss. Stock-fotos (© Paul Williams 2009)

 

Recently, the açaí fruit has been marketed as a dietary supplement. Companies sell açaí products in the form of tablets, juice, smoothies, yogurt, instant drink powders, and whole fruit. Many companies even mistakenly market the açaí fruits as berries.

 

Quackwatch noted that "açaí juice has only middling levels of antioxidants—less than that of Concord grape, blueberry, and black cherry juices, but more than cranberry, orange, and apple juices." The extent to which polyphenols as dietary antioxidants may promote health is unknown as no credible evidence indicates any antioxidant role for polyphenols in vivo, In minute concentrations, polyphenols may affect cell-to-cell signaling, receptor sensitivity, inflammatory enzyme activity or gene regulation.

 

Apart from the use of its fruit as food or a flavoring in tequila, the açaí palm has other commercial uses. Leaves may be made into hats, mats, baskets, brooms and roof thatch for homes, and trunk wood, resistant to pests, for building construction. Tree trunks may be processed to yield minerals. The palm heart is widely exploited as a delicacy.

 

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A tree of a genus that includes citron, lemon, lime, orange, and grapefruit. Native to Asia, citrus trees are widely cultivated in warm countries for their fruit, which has juicy flesh and a pulpy rind. • Genus Citrus, family Rutaceae.

Citrus fruit grow in tropical and sub tropical regions of the world. The best know citrus fruit are oranges, lemons, grapefruit, Mandarins, clementines and limes. Funky Stock has collections with stock photos of all these fruits plus photos of the less well citrus fruit, kumquats and pomelos.

Citrus fruit skin is also high in essential oils which are removed to be used in flavorings or as fragrant essences in aromatherapy oils, cosmetics and soaps.

Citrus fruits are high in vitamin C and were used by the sailors of sailing ships to avoid scurvy which was caused by vitamin C deficiency common on long voyages with no fresh foods available. As the British acquired the nick name "limeys" it looks like limes were the preferred citrus fruit of British sailors.

The acidity of lemons is also a good remedy for the alkaline bee sting and few drops of lime are squeezed by martial artists into the corner of their eyes to help their vision.

 

Pomelo

Pomelo Citrus Fruit food photography, picture & image

 

The pomelo (Citrus maxima or Citrus grandis) is a citrus fruit native to South East Asia. It is usually pale green to yellow when ripe, with very thick pithy rind. It is the largest citrus fruit, 15–25 cm in diameter, and usually weighing 1–2 kg. Other spellings for pomelo include pummelo, and pomelo, and other names include Chinese grapefruit, jabong, lusho fruit, pompelmous,[2] Papanas, and shaddock.[3] Pomelos are also referred to as chakotara in Pakistan, Afghanistan and India. The pomelo taste like a sweet grapefruit. In the Phillapeans the fruit is cut into segments and dipped in salt before eating. In Thailand segments are also dipped in chili to eat.

 

Lime

Lime Citrus Fruit food photography, picture & image

 

Lime is a term referring to a number of different fruits, both species and hybrids, citruses, which have their origin in the Himalayan region of India and which are typically round, green to yellow in color, 3–6 cm in diameter, and containing sour and acidic pulp. Limes are often used to accent the flavours of foods and beverages. They are usually smaller than lemons, and a source of vitamin C. Limes are grown all year round and are usually sweeter than lemons.


Limes are a small citrus fruit, Citrus aurantifolia, whose skin and flesh are green in colour and which have an oval or round shape with a diameter between one to two inches. Limes can either be sour or sweet, with the latter not readily available in the United States. Sour limes possess a greater sugar and citric acid content than lemons and feature an acidic and tart taste, while sweet limes lack citric acid content and are sweet in flavour.

Grapefruit

Grapefruit Citrus Fruit food photography, picture & image

 

The grapefruit (Citrus × paradisi), is a subtropical citrus tree known for its bitter fruit, an 18th-century hybrid first bred in Barbados. When found it was named the "forbidden fruit".
The fruit has become popular since the late 19th century; before that it was only grown as an ornamental plant. The United States quickly became a major producer of the fruit, with orchards in Florida, Texas, Arizona, and California. In Spanish, the fruit is known as toronja.

 

 

Red Grapefruit

Red Grapefruit Citrus Fruit food photography, picture & image

 

The Red grapefruit, starting with the Ruby Red, has even become a symbolic fruit of Texas, where white "inferior" grapefruit were eliminated and only red grapefruit were grown for decades. Using radiation to trigger mutations, new varieties were developed to retain the red tones which typically faded to pink, the Rio Red variety is the current (2007) Texas grapefruit with registered trademarks Rio Star and Ruby-Sweet, also sometimes promoted as "Reddest" and "Texas Choice".

Kumquats

Kumquats Citrus Fruit food photography, picture & image

 

Kumquats or cumquats are a group of small fruit-bearing trees in the flowering plant family Rutaceae, either forming the genus Fortunella, or placed within Citrus sensu lato. The edible fruit closely resembles that of the orange (Citrus sinensis), but is much smaller and ovular, being approximately the size and shape of an olive.

 

 

 

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