Often touted as the hot new superfood, acai (pronounced ah-sigh-ee) is a delicious fruit harvested from palm trees in the Amazon. The boldly flavoured berry tastes sort of like chocolate-covered cherries, and its health benefits are just as enticing. The pulp is packed with antioxidants — more than you get from blueberries, pomegranates, or red grapes — plus lots of fibre, amino acids, and heart-healthy fatty acids.
According to Dr. Nicholas Perricone, who calls acai one of the top 10 superfoods, the antioxidants in this "energy fruit" help combat premature ageing, while the "almost perfect essential amino acid complex" aids in muscle regeneration, and the healthy fats help digestion.
You can't just walk into a grocery store or even a farmers market and buy acai berries, but there are plenty of yummy methods for consuming this fruit. Most common are juices, such as those from Sambazon, which combine acai with other fruits. The berries can also be mixed into smoothies, and Sambazon sells smoothie packs, so you can make your own. At the Newsroom Cafe in LA not long ago, I devoured a delicious bowl of granola mixed with some sort of acai-yoghurt smoothie that was absolutely delicious. How about you? Have you tried acai? If so, tell me about your experience with this supertasty superfood below.