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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

 

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This is Guayaba fruit, it’s sweet, healthy, and not sold in the western supermarkets

This is one of the most delicious fruits I’ve ever tasted. The Guayaba fruit (or Guava fruit) grows in hot countries like Brazil and India. This is the “vermelho” type, so it’s flesh is pink inside. You can eat its green skin and it tastes sweet with just a slight hint of acidity. You can eat the pips, too.

Guayaba fruit, sliced open to reveal its sweet pink flesh