Açaí. The word alone makes my mouth water. For those who aren’t aware, açaí is a dark berry that grows on the açaí palm tree, found in the Amazonian region of Brazil.
In Rio, açaí is always served as a bebida (drink), not comida (food). Açaí de tigela is a very popular drink here; it’s basically a smoothie, composed of frozen açaí, guarana syrup (there comes the sugar!) and granola, bananas or other fruits. It. is. delicious. My favorite is nuts on top, which I had yesterday..
In Rio, you can find açaí more easily than you can find water – and that is no exaggeration! It’s everywhere. Yesterday, I was at one of the universities in Rio, PUC, and noticed that there was even a bar for just açaí. Apparently this is a pretty popular addiction…
And the best part about açaí is that you don’t have to feel guilty eating it (minus all the added sugar..oh right) – in its purest form though, it is one of the healthiest foods you can eat, with an enormous amount of antioxidants, amino acids and important fatty acids. It’s also a very powerful anti-aging food.
Unfortunately, for whatever reason, açaí is only generally available in frozen form; and the frozen pulp is only really good when combined with sugar (I can attest to this). While I always try to avoid added sugar…this is one drink that seems to be worth it.