You have just arrived in Brazil and you want to try the different gastronomy specialties? It is impossible to ignore açai, the fruit that is 100% Brazilian and available in all the botecos and lanchonetes (snack bars).
Acai : a very popular energizing and hunger-satisfying fruit in Brazil
Acai, what is it? You know, it’s the very popular, impossible to find in France, fruit that is sold by people yelling “a-ça-iii? a-ça-iii!” on the beaches. Don’t ask us to describe what it tastes like, as there’s nothing similar in France.
Acai is a little berry, similar to a blueberry that grows in the Amazon on a certain type of palm tree. It’s a fruit full of energizing and hunger-satisfying properties, to the limit of a doping product. Forgetting to try this fruit at least one time before leaving Brazil is inexcusable.
Traditionally, it’s a food consumed by the Amazonian Indians. According to legends, these little berries are the fruit of a palm tree beneath which a young Amazonian named Laca mourned his lost love until his death. This is why acai is nicknamed “the fruit that cries”.
It’s eaten normally in the form of juice (often mixed with other berries from the Amazon like guaraná) or as a sorbet, açai na tigela, served in large bowls with granola and other pieces of fruit.
Acai : a fruit whose virtues are uncontested
Today, we hear more and more talk about acai being a “super food” along with cranberry, goji berry and other fruits that you can never find in a French supermarket. Several popular beliefs claim that acai is full of different properties, like the ability to make you skinnier (maybe if you don’t eat anything else it’s true?), slow down aging and give you a burst of energy for three days, but there’s never been anything scientifically proven.
This lack of information makes lots of websites on the Internet that sell acai pills, powder or juice at golden prices very happy.
After having read this article you no longer have an excuse to not try this unique fruit!