Açaí fruit is a small, deep-purple berry that grows in the Amazon floodplains on the tall, slender Açaí palm tree, which is a native of the Brazilian Rainforest. The edible fruit is small and round resembling a grape, but smaller and darker. The berry contains a single, large seed with very little pulp and is surrounded by stringy fibrous sheaths and a thin, oily coating. The Açaí has been used for thousands of years by the indigenous tribes of the area for its extraordinary nutritional and healing qualities; Brazilians actually call it the “Tree of Life.” It is only possible eat fresh Açaí if you happen to live in the Amazon Rainforest. Açaí is very perishable and spoils within 24 hours of being picked from the Açaí palm tree.