Euterpe oleracea "Para Dwarf"
Euterpe oleracea `Para Dwarf`
“Acai Super Berry Palm”
Natural Habitat: The standard E. oleracea is naturally found throughout the Northern areas of South America. The Para Dwarf is a cultivated variety of E. oleracea, developed by South American farmers.
Description: The oleracea is a naturally clumping palm, which can reach heights close to 100 foot tall, with long slender trunks. The Dwarf variety grows much shorter, only reaching heights around 20 feet tall. The palm will begin to seeds at a much shorter height (around 3 foot of trunk or 3 years after planting) then the natural oleracea, making the seeds much easier to harvest for farmers. The Dwarf variety also has a larger seed, producing up to 25% more pulp then the natural oleracea. The crown shaft is long and skinny, giving way to lengthy drooping leaves.
Acai Berry: The Acai or Assai berry is now growing trend, here in the states, but it has been used for centuries in South America, mostly for its nutritional value. The berry can be used to make juice or wine, as well as oils, liquors, and sweets. The berries are small and round, turning a purple/black color when ripe. A mature clump of tree can produce a few hundred pounds of berries a year.
Environment: The oleracea para dwarf enjoys a half sunny, half shady open area where is can remain moist throughout the day. As a seedling, it likes a shady moist area where it is protected from any strong elements. They are not cold hardy and should be kept in tropical climates Zones 10-11. Marginal Zone 9b. These seedlings can be grow indoors in greenhouses during the winter, if Northerners would like a chance to harvest their own Acai berries. However the humidity levels have to be quite high and normal indoor home environments will not surfice.