acai

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.

Those feeling creative can whip up their own twist on the acai bowl with added peanut butter, try an acai berry tart, blend up a nutritious smoothie, or perhaps attempt an acai sorbet recipe.

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