Of course, you’re familiar with the açaí bowl. This fruit smoothie bowl has been wildly popular for the past few years. You’ve seen artfully designed bowls on Instagram and the dish has been marketed for weight-loss and anti-aging, but what do you really know about this so-called superfood? We’re here to explain it all, from pronunciation to origin to ingredients that best mix with this purple berry.
With two diacritical marks, the word açaí may be difficult to pronounce at first sight. Don’t stress though, it’s easier than it looks. Say it with us now, ah-sigh-ee.
Native to South America, the açaí palm tree is best known and cultivated for its fruit, açaí berries, and hearts of palm. In their original form, deep purple açaí berries look like a cross between a grape and a blueberry.
While various places may claim multitudes of health benefits of açaí, very few studies have actually been conducted or conclusive. That doesn’t mean açaí isn’t full of antioxidants, fiber and calcium, but it certainly hasn’t been proven to help with weight loss or aging.
A typical açaí bowl base mixes açaí berries with fruits like banana, strawberries and blueberries, as well as a liquid such as apple juice or hemp milk. Then, it’s often topped with sliced, fresh fruit and granola. For extra protein, add a scoop of almond butter to the smoothie base. Here are a few more tips and recipes we like: