Acai, from its scientific name "Euterpe Oleracea" is a small, dark purple berry that looks like grape or blueberry. These fruits come from palm trees growing in Central and South America and more precisely in Brazil around the Amazonian Bay. This palm tree requires certain conditions to grow: high temperature, high humidity and heavy rainfall.
Some lend to acai a taste closer to chocolate, others a taste closer to red fruits. This small fruit has a pulp with many benefits. This pulp, very fragile, must imperatively be consumed within 48 hours after picking the fruit. The only way to preserve this berry in the long term is to freeze it and consume it in frozen puree or juice. This fruit has always been consumed by the Amazonian people as an accompaniment to dishes such as meat and fish. Since the 90's acai has spread in Brazil among athletes looking for energy because this berry is a good source of minerals and trace elements. Then its consumption spread to the rest of the population in the form of ice juice or acai bowl (sort of sorbet) mixed with fruits and cereals. In the 2000s acai has emerged in the United States and Australia.
For many years, Acai has made a lot of people talk about its many benefits as a super antioxidant or a powerful appetite suppressant. But nutritionists have unraveled the true and false and revealed the real properties of this product. Indeed this fruit is a good antioxidant but there are other fruits much better antioxidants than acai, it is a good way to fight against fatigue and cholesterol. It is also a good source of protein and fiber. Studies have shown that this small purple berry does not lose weight contrary to popular belief for years on its incredible weight loss capabilities. We must be vigilant to the information found on the internet about this new miracle ingredient. It is therefore interesting in the context of a varied diet to consume occasionally acai in the form of capsules, juice or powder, but you must be careful to buy pure acai to enjoy from all its benefits.
Acai is now a lucrative trade for Brazil, indeed in 2011 the latter produced more than 215 400 tons. The production of this fruit has boosted the region of Para, of which today nearly one in ten lives from this trade. But today other countries such as Colombia, Suriname or even China could be serious competitors on this market.
I have tasted many times acai, at the beginning I didn’t like it, but now I enjoy eating an acai with banana and granola for example. It’s very easy to buy acai in Brazil, indeed you can buy it almost everywhere (supermarkets, at the beach, in the restaurants…).