The açaí berry, that gotta-have-it antioxidant, has a very different rep back home in the Brazilian Amazon.
Seth Kugel writes an enlightening piece on the purple fruit (say “ahh-sigh-EE”) in The New York Times. He reports that the açaí craze here amuses the locals, who have long been chowing down on the berries as cheap, filling meals.
Açaí’s international reputation as an energy booster and diet aid tickles those who grew up with it as a caloric side dish.
“I find it funny,” said Letícia Galvão, a psychologist who was having a lunch of seafood and açaí with her husband and 1-year-old daughter at a restaurant called Point do Açaí. “Generally, when you have açaí here, you take a nap. There, it’s an energy drink.”
Check out the whole story, here.
–Kimberly Marlowe Hartnett