The Grocer: Acai
It’s a name that you’ve heard buzzing around, although not always in its correct pronunciation, but the acai berry is more than a mere super fad.
Acai (ah-sigh-ee) is the fruit of a palm tree native to Amazonian rainforests. Brazilians have nicknamed this palm ‘the tree of life’, as the acai possesses a composite of antioxidants, vitamins and amino acids. You’ll also receive a helping of calcium, omega-3, omega-6 and omega-9 each time you munch on the vivid purple treat.
As is the case with blueberries, the vibrant purple colour of acai is a visual indication of its high antioxidant content, helping defend your body against free-radical damage. Woefully, a hard, inedible pit makes up around 90 percent of each purple marble – but the flavour of this nutrient-rich delight hints at a delicious combination of both berries and chocolate, so perhaps the pit-to-fruit ratio may be pardoned.
Most acai berries consumed in Australia have been purchased in a freeze-dried powder or fresh berry puree. You can purchase Loving Earth’s Raw Organic Acai Powder at such places as Biome and Wray Organic, or eat the ready-prepared variety from Coco Bliss Superfood Bar or Raw ‘n Juicy.
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