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The roots of the acai berry

Feb 10

Rio de Janeiro to Amazon RainforestI was rummaging around on Facebook today looking for anyone who may have posted acai berry recipes or their thoughts on the acai berry. What I discovered was better than a recipe! There was a discussion about how people “take” there acai – in supplement form was a typical response. However, one individual posted that since moving to Brazil, she had adopted the “way of the locals” and ate the acai berry with banana and granola in an acai bowl. That was at least one step closer towards a real acai berry experience in comparison with taking supplements in capsule form.

A follow up was then posted by a Brazilian stating that the acai berry was originally mixed with tapioca and used as a drink to go along with any meal. She proceeded to state the “acai bowls” with strawberries, granola and banana is a creation of Southern Brazil, specifically Rio de Janeiro and Sao Paulo. It would seem Northern Brazil and Southern Brazil have different ways of incorporating the acai berry into their diets. Considering the Amazon is where the acai berry grows, I would have to lean towards the Northern Brazilian method as the “original” acai berry recipe. Southern Brazil receives a majority of the tourist attention, so I don’t think it’s any surprise that the Southern Brazilian way of eating the acai berry is what has been adopted more commonly across North America. Just don’t forget that Rio de Janeiro, according to Google Maps, is over 1900km away from the southern tip of the Amazon Rainforest. That’s like asking people in Denver, Colorado what the latest clothing trend is in San Francisco.

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