Category Archives: Banana

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

 

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Five different types of bananas in a Brazilian supermarket, and not one Cavendish

Five different types of bananas in a Brazilian supermarket, none of them the yellow Cavendish banana or green Plantain types they sell in the USA and the UK.

Banana Ouro, Banana Maçã, Banana Caturra, Banana da Terra and Banana Prata, but no Cavendish...
Banana Ouro, Banana Maçã, Banana Caturra, Banana da Terra and Banana Prata, but no Cavendish…

This is a banana-tree, in the middle-left corner you can just about see a bunch of unripened, lime-green bananas waiting to be chopped down.
A banana-tree in Carmo da Paranaiba, Brazil

And none of them the amazing pink bananas – edible, sweet, but with seeds that can chip a tooth!

Musa velutina bananas are pink. They taste sweet but the seeds can chip a tooth
Musa velutina bananas are pink. They taste sweet but the seeds can chip a tooth