What is Açaí: Portuguese Student eating Açaí

Hi folks! Today in our Dica we’re checking out this famous and delicious fruit! Really common in Brazil and eaten throughout the whole country! But what is Açaí? Do you know where this fruit grows or what the name of that plant is? Or what goes well with bowl of this fruit smoothie? Today we will explain it all for you, as well as the all important pronunciation and also benefits for your health!

What is Açaí

You must be wondering what is açaí made of? Well, this berry grows on the açaí palm tree. This is tree native to Brazil, but you can also find it in northern America in swamps or flood plains. The name comes from the Tupi language and it means crying fruit, referring to the juice extracted from it.

The Uses for This Fruit

This small purple berry is native to the Amazon, but it was quickly popularized. The forms of consumption are diverse: in northern regions, it is considered a fruit that is part of a subsistence diet. In other regions, it is enjoyed as a sweet treat. Many Brazilians like to eat the blended açaí berry in a bowl, adding other delights like granola or fruit. Other people like the traditional açaí bowl, where only the fruit’s pulp is consumed. You can also find it in juices, alcoholic drinks, cakes and pies. The palm leaves and seeds can be even used to make clothes, hats and all sorts of things.

Açaí Benefits

There is a joke among nutritionists that this fruit benefits are inversely proportional to its small size! Many studies have already been conducted on what the health impacts of it would be, and all of them have come to extremely positive results. Let’s take a look at what is açaí good for?

  • Antioxidant: As many others, the açaí fruit helps build your immune system, leaving you more protected.
  • Fiber: these berries are full of fiber, which not only help make your trips to the bathroom more regular, it controls the sugar levels in your blood.
  • Good for your heart: It helps lowering the risk heart failure and improves your cholesterol levels.
  • Calcium: It’s perfect for keeping your bones strong!
  • Energy: It’s a great pick-me-up for when you’re feeling tired or fatigued.

Açaí Pronunciation

After wondering what açaí is, usually the second question people ask is how do you pronounce açaí. Well, the word is contains the Ç, which in this word is pronounced as a S. Let’s take a look at açaí berry pronunciation in the audio below:

Would You Try it?

Now that you know how to pronounce açaí berry, let’s take a look at this video about one of our students talking about this plant!

And that’s it, folks! Now you know the benefits of the açaí bowl, how to pronounce it and even the opinion of one of our students! Come to Rio de Janeiro and enjoy it in our beautiful city! See you later and don’t forget to follow us on Instagram!
Tchau tchau!

Click on the links below to see more related Dicas
Beach Foods in Brazil
Brazilian Street Food
Drinks in Portuguese

This post is also available in: English Português (Portuguese) Español (Spanish)

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

Search for Portuguese Dicas

Tell us which Portuguese lesson you would like to learn


Generic selectors
Exact matches only
Search in title
Search in content
Post Type Selectors

Suscribe to A Dica do Dia.

Get free Portuguese lessons. Subscribe to A Dica do Dia and get short, daily lessons in Portuguese completely free.

Based on 265 reviews
Rio&Learn is highly recommended by me! As a language teacher myself (I teach English here in Rio), I recognize the method of total immersion in the language and I find it extremely effective. Obviously it's tiring at first, but it's absolutely the best way to learn a language. During my private lessons, I have different teachers. I quite like this as every teacher has their own emphasis, specialty, and interests. All of the teachers are great teachers, though! They are all passionate about their language and culture, friendly, patient: everything a teacher needs to be. The school made me feel at home right away. Perhaps also good to mention: they helped me super quickly and effective with all of the paperwork needed from their side to obtain my student visa. Five stars, without a doubt 🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟
Adrienne Buteijn
Adrienne Buteijn
Had an incident with a holiday. I selected Monday and Wednesday for my classes, since I can’t attend classes on other days. Due to holiday one of the lessons was scheduled on Friday. I warned about this issue on Tuesday, 3 days before the lesson, but manager answered in a rude way that they can’t do anything and blamed me that this is my fault I didn’t warn earlier. Teacher is asking their students to give good grades to the course on a second lesson. This is not teachers fault. Probably managers ask her to do this. Maybe my grade will change. Only time will show. At the moment as is.
Mykola Kurenkov
Mykola Kurenkov
Estudar portugués online com a escola Río & learn é muito gratificante pra mim, pois as professoras são amorosas. As aulas são engraçadas, com muita prática falando português brasileiro. Também eu posso conhecer pessoas de outros países e outras culturas. Eu sinto que moro no Brasil quando eu estou em aula!!
Raccomando tantissimo! Ho fatto lezioni private e il mio portoghese migliora a vista d'occhio. Fluente in 4 mesi grazie a questa scuola <3
Giulia Benzi
Giulia Benzi
I took a one week in-person course and had an amazing experience. It was intensive and definitely highly recommended! I appreciate the great, caring and highly professional team : Diogo for your awesome and energetic lectures and dedication. The lessons outside the classroom were very engaging and a useful way to immerse into local life. Thanks Laise, Marta and Dayane for the great support and smooth coordination. I look forward to taking the online sessions next!
Cheryl Loh
Cheryl Loh
I joined the online classes 1 month ago and I am loving the experience. Shout-out to Professora's Dani & Nathalia,they're amazing! The classes are interesting,focused and the teachers are very patient. They also do extra online activities outside the class schedule to really boost your learning in a fun, engaging environment. My speaking proficiency is improving faster than ever before compared to other classes I tried with other schools. The staff are very organised, communicate well and I think the cost is excellant value for money. Vamos lá!
Natasha Deegan
Natasha Deegan
Followed one week of group classes in Rio de Janeiro, I had no prior experience with Portuguese. The classes were really good, fun even (we laughed a lot) and the material is very well chosen. The after activities (Rio Live) as well were so fun and the teachers (Diogo) always made you feel comfortable and had a lot of patience. We even went for lunch together to learn about this subject. I really loved this way of teaching. I feel like I have a good base of the language and I can understand so much more now.
I have taken online courses twice now with Rio & Learn. In both group and private lessons the instruction was excellent. Classes were well-planned and the instructors were responsive and engaging. If I ever have the chance I will definitely sign up for their in person classes.
Heather Minielly
Heather Minielly
Ich war vor 4 Jahren dort und habe dort die Basics in Portugiesisch gelernt. Sehr praxisnaher Unterricht mit vielen Aktivitäten und Spaß. Mir gefällt dieser spielerische Ansatz sehr und ich konnte einiges lernen. Absolute Empfehlung!
Lars Altmar
Lars Altmar
This is the best language school ever. I spent one month, started with no portguese whatsoever, and now I can hold basic conversations and understand most of what people are saying. My progress was pretty amazing thanks to all the teachers who are AMAZING. I can't stress enough how nice, helpful and fun they are. In addition to classes in the mornings, the school offers different kinds of activities every afternoon outside the school. It's great to practice portuguese outside and also discover some great places in Rio as well as many different kind of fun activities. I made great friends there and had so many good laughs. Often the teachers also take you out of the classroom for the entire class or half of it to make it more entertaining. I truly recommend this school that was way more than a school for me. Thanks to everyone there, especially Diogo, Lais and Guliana for everything.
tessie cranman
tessie cranman