Açai, Guaraná and Other Super Fruits from Brazil
Although açaí is the “super-fruit” from Brazil that has received most attention over the last few years, there are many others that deserve attention. I have listed some of them below.
Açaí has long been consumed in the North of Brazil as a source of protein. The latest fad is to eat it cold with guaraná syrup as a sherbet, in Rio this is extremely popular. You can buy it yourself as frozen pulp. The traits are:
– high fibre content
– high on antioxidants
– has healthy omega fats
– has 8 of the 9 amino acids we need
– has vitamins
– has minerals like iron
– has electrolytes
Another cultivar of açaí. Supposedly it is a notch up, more antioxidants and so on. I have not found any reliable source to confirm this though, if you have info on this, please send it to me so I can update this paragraph!
The dried powder from the guaraná berry is widely used in Brazil. It contains a caffeine like substance. Can be bad for the heart in high doses. It’s an energizer and a fat burner.
This little fruit is a real C-vitamin bomb, also contains betacarotene.
Maracujá (passion fruit)
This fruit has A, B and C vitamins as well as betacarotene. Used in Brazil as a sedative, many people have a glass of maracujá juice before they go to bed.
Rich on vitamin A and C as well as iron, calcium, natrium and kalium.
Vitamin A, B and C. Betacarotene and magnesium.
Vitamin A, B and C. As well rich on fibre and iron.
Rich on antioxidants and as well vitamin B and C.
This fatty, protein rich fruit contains a lot of potassium, vitamins B, E and K. It is the fruit that has most fibres. It contains minerals and Omega 9.
A great site with more information about some of these products and also for acquiring them in your country is iHerb. Check it out!