Why acai is enjoying a berry good time

Acai bowls. Photo: The Star/Art Chen

Last year, Instagram feeds were inundated with thousands of images of gorgeous acai bowls. Pronounced ah-sigh-ee, acai bowls are multi-layered and colourful, and typically begin with deep purple acai pulp, which is then topped with all sorts of extras like coconut shavings, granola, lots of fruit, nuts, caramel, and sometimes even marshmallows! The Internet went crazy for these (almost) too-pretty-to-eat brekkie bowls, and there are now nearly 550,000 posts on Instagram under #acaibowl!

But just what is acai and what’s the big deal about it?

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