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Acai Berry Harvest

The Acai berry grows wild as there are no commercially cultivated crops. The Acai date palm berry or Acai berry is harvested by hand. It requires both agility and strength to climb the Acai palm to complete the harvest. A harvest of the berry begins early in the dark hours of the morning because the Acai berry is so delicate and requires a speedy and timely harvest to prevent spoilage. A harvester will use a small rope loop that he wraps around his feet after straddling the base of the tree. Then using the rope loop on his feet gains leverage that allows him to shinny up the tree to the top where the Acai berry grows. Once at the top only the branches containing the deep purple berries are removed. He then slides down the trunk of the tree protecting the Acai branches with its berries from touching the jungle floor. Then by hand they sweep down each pencil thin branch removing the berries allowing them to tumble into large woven bushel baskets. The hands of these harvesters become stained from the dark pigment of the Acai berry. The large bushel baskets are then loaded onto canoes or boats and brought to pre-arranged collection spots on the river. It is here where the local Co-Op trucks wait to receive the many baskets from all of the “ribeneiros” or river dwellers who have collected their Acai berries. The truck drivers stack the woven baskets as high as they dare then throw a trap over their cargo and strap it in for the ride to the processing plant. Once at the processing plant the baskets are off loaded from the truck by hand, are weighed and the contents of each are then emptied into large water baths. The Acai berries are then washed and cleaned. The Acai berries are then subjected a process similar to a large blender where the thin layer of skin and meat are removed from the very large seed or stone. The seeds are then discarded or used for re-distribution to the harvesters to promote new tree growth. The seeds have no nutritional significance or use. Often you can see large mounds of seeds as they pile up around the processing plants. The Acai skin and meat are then macerated into a very purple pulp. The Acai pulp is then stabilized. Our Acai pulp enters the first stages of our cryo-protective process known as “Cryoflux” in preparation of being shipped to our facility here in the United States. Once it arrives here at our bottling facility we complete the “Cryoflux” process protecting the bioavailability and potency of our Acai pulp as it becomes Dr. Tim’s Brazilian Acai.