There is no better breakfast than Creme de Açaí (pronounced “A-sigh-ee”), Brazilian’s national breakfast, dessert, energy-food and vitamin booster.
On a hot, humid morning in Brazil Açaí’s better than toast with butter and jam, Frosted Flakes, a Full English, croissants or even pain au chocolat dipped in hot chocolate.
Creme de Açaí is a kind of smoothie made from the little Açaí berry, a family-member of the cranberry and the blueberry. Creme de Açaí’s served just below freezing by taking it from the freezer and sticking it in the fridge for ten minutes, so it’s a little gloopy but still ice-cold.
It’s served with banana, granola and strawberries, although most places offer Leite Condensado (Sweetened Milk) and all kinds of fruit like pineapple and kiwi. It’s absolutely packed full of fibre, protein, vitamins and mineral – that’s why Brazilians call it the “complete fruit”.
Creme de açaí shops are everywhere in Brazil, especially in my state of Minas Gerais. Açaí is native to the Amazon rainforest, where trees grow up to thirty-feet high and the Açaí berries bunch together like grapes.