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What Is Acai? Your 2024 Complete Guide

The Açaí Boom

As the “acai boom” sweeps through Melbourne and Sydney, it’s clear that acai has become a staple in the health-conscious diets of many. At The Berry Man, we recognize the importance of understanding this superfruit and have compiled answers to some of the most frequently asked questions.

What the Heck is it?

Açaí (pronounced ah-sigh-EE) is a small, dark purple berry from the acai palm tree, native to Central and South America, particularly the Amazon rainforest. It’s known for its unique flavor, often described as a blend of wild berries and chocolate.

Can I Purchase Acai Berries, or do you only offer Acai Puree?

We specialize in providing high-quality frozen acai puree. While we understand the appeal of whole acai berries, our product range currently includes only the puree form. This is due to the delicate nature of acai berries and our commitment to ensuring the best quality and freshness in our products.

Why Can’t I Buy Whole Acai Berries Instead of Puree?

Acai berries are incredibly perishable and lose their nutritional value quickly after being harvested. To preserve their nutritional integrity and flavor, the berries are typically processed into puree soon after harvest. This process ensures that the beneficial properties of the berries are retained. By offering it in puree form, we ensure that our customers receive the product in its most nutritious and flavorful state, suitable for a wide range of culinary applications.

What is an Acai Bowl Made Of?

An acai bowl is a dish where the main ingredient is pureed frozen Acai berries. This puree is often blended with other fruits and served in a bowl, topped with a variety of fresh fruits, nuts, seeds, and granola. It’s a versatile dish that can be customized with various toppings for added flavor and nutrition. Our puree is perfect for creating these delicious bowls.

What Makes it a Superfruit?

Acai bowls can be very healthy. The berries are loaded with antioxidants, which help combat free radicals in the body. They also contain healthy fats and fiber. However, the health value of an acai bowl depends on the additional ingredients and toppings. Keeping the sugar content low by using fresh fruits and natural sweeteners can enhance the nutritional profile of the bowl.

Why is it so Expensive?

The cost of acai is attributed to several factors. Firstly, the berries are harvested in the Amazon rainforest, which can be a labor-intensive process. Additionally, the berries are highly perishable, requiring them to be processed (usually frozen or dried) soon after harvesting to preserve their nutrients and flavor. The export process and growing global demand also contribute to the price.

Can I use your Acai with soft serve machines?

Yes, you can! Our high-quality acai puree is perfectly suitable for use in soft serve machines, allowing you to create delicious, healthy acai bowls and smoothies quickly with ease. Soft serve machines are a popular choice to increase speed of service without sacrificing quality. While we don’t directly sell soft serve machines, we understand the importance of having the right equipment for your business. Therefore, we are happy to assist you in finding the perfect options for soft serve machines through our network of trusted third-party sellers.

Acai’s popularity stems from its delicious taste and health benefits. By incorporating acai products into your juice bar’s offerings, you can tap into the growing trend of healthful, flavorful eating. Explore our acai options and introduce your customers to the delightful world of acai.

Amazon Power Acai & Granola

Amazon Power range of acaiAt The Berry Man, we are proud to stock Amazon Power products – a brand renowned for its exceptional quality and taste. Amazon Power stands out in the market for its unique blend of acai and guarana, offering a perfect mix of flavor and energy.

Pioneers of Acai in Australia

Amazon Power holds the distinction of being the first company to introduce acai to Australia. Their commitment to quality and authenticity has made them a preferred choice for acai enthusiasts and health-conscious consumers. Their dedication to bringing the best of the Amazon rainforest to your table is evident in every product.

Our Range of Amazon Power Products

We offer a variety of Amazon Power products to cater to different needs:

  1. 10kg Buckets: Ideal for high-volume needs, these buckets are perfect for busy cafes and juice bars. They provide an ample supply of Amazon Power’s signature blend with guarana, ensuring you never run out during peak hours.
  2. Smoothie Portions (5x200g): These convenient portions are designed for easy use, making them a favorite for quick service. Each 200g pack is the perfect amount for a small bowl or a smoothie, ensuring consistency and quality in every serving. (use 1 and a half portions for a regular bowl)
  3. Raw Portions (10x100g): Catering to a different preference, these 100g portions contain pure, raw acai without guarana. This option is particularly popular among cafes that seek a more natural acai flavor or wish to cater to customers sensitive to guarana.
  4. Granola (6x1kg): Handcrafted with care in Australia and certified Organic, Amazon Power’s Granola comes in a convenient 6x1kg pack size. Each pack is filled with wholesome, nutritious granola that complements the rich flavors of our acai products. Ideal for creating a balanced, energy-boosting breakfast or snack, this granola is a perfect addition to your menu, adding a delightful crunch to your acai bowls.

Why Choose Amazon Power?

Choosing Amazon Power means opting for a product that is not only delicious but also backed by a legacy of quality and innovation. Their blend of acai and guarana is considered the best on the market, providing a rich, energizing flavor that is both unique and satisfying. By stocking Amazon Power, you’re ensuring that your customers enjoy the finest acai experience.

Incorporate Amazon Power into your menu and join the countless cafes and juice bars that have already discovered the unmatched quality of this superb brand. Whether you’re crafting classic acai bowls, refreshing smoothies, or innovative new dishes, Amazon Power’s products offer the versatility and taste that will keep your customers coming back for more.


Classic Acai Bowl

  • Instructions:
    1. Blend the frozen acai, mixed berries, banana, and almond milk or coconut water until smooth.
    2. Pour the blended mixture into a bowl.
    3. Top with sliced banana, granola, berries, shredded coconut, chia seeds, and a drizzle of honey.

Tropical Acai Bowl

  • Instructions:
    1. Blend the frozen acai, pineapple chunks, mango chunks, and coconut milk until smooth.
    2. Transfer the blended mixture to a bowl.
    3. Top with sliced mango, pineapple chunks, granola, shredded coconut, kiwi slices, and passionfruit seeds.

Green Acai Bowl

    • 300g of frozen acai
    • 1 handful of spinach or kale leaves
    • 1/2 ripe avocado
    • 1/2 cup of frozen pineapple or mango chunks
    • 1/4 cup of coconut water or almond milk
    • Toppings: sliced kiwi, banana, granola, hemp seeds, pumpkin seeds, drizzle of honey
  • Instructions:
    1. Blend the frozen acai, spinach or kale leaves, avocado, frozen fruit, and coconut water or almond milk until smooth.
    2. Pour the blended mixture into a bowl.
    3. Top with sliced kiwi, banana, granola, hemp seeds, pumpkin seeds, and a drizzle of honey.

Experiment and Customize

Remember, these recipes are just starting points! Feel free to experiment with different combinations of fruits, vegetables, and toppings to create your own signature acai bowl recipes. Whether you prefer classic, tropical, or green variations, the possibilities are endless. Don’t be afraid to get creative and have fun with your acai bowl creations!