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Acai: The best fruit-breakfast to start your morning in Brazil

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.

Creme de Acai in a bowl with granola, strawberry and banana

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.

Creme de Acai bowl - super-healthy and beautifully-decorated with banana and strawberries, and milk powder

 

With the pound sterling to Brazilian Real exchange rate, 2014 is a great year for British tourists to visit Brazil

Brazilian to English pound exchange is great for visiting British tourists

The Real (pronounced “Hey Eye“) is Brazil’s unit of currency. Last year British tourists would have got three reais to the pound, making Brazil a very expensive place to visit, and easily the most expensive country in South America.

But this year British tourists will see their pound go way further, as every pound now gets you almost four Brazilian reais,  just in time for the onslaught of Brits to the 2014 World Cup.

A big bowl of Açaí costs about £2.50, a pint of beer is £2 in a club and a meal in a nice restaurant will set you back about £8.