In Brazil (where I'm from) the acai bowl is made out of pure acai pulp and guarana juice. The most we add to it is a raw banana or a couple of strawberries. It's served with granola sprinkled on top and you eat it with a little spoon. So far, I have tasted NOTHING here in the US that has this taste...and I miss it so much, lol!
It's a shame because I'm under the impression no one here really knows what pure acai tastes like...maybe with all this boom we'll start to see it done the proper way! Fingers crossed!
Hi Robcorreia, I think there are still many places in the U.S. that just use pure acai pulp along with guarana in their acai bowls, those may taste closer to what you recall in Brazil.
Many companies have eliminated Guarana from their drinks, most likely because some people get really bad reactions to it. I've read blogs by some customers complaining about how 'sick' they got (not realizing guarana was probably an ingredient) blaming the Acai. Guarana (Paullinia cupana)http://davesgarden.com/guides/pf/go/66902/ would make a good topic for another article . I probably should have mentioned it in this article. Thank you for bringing it up.
Guarana is also from the Amazon Rain Forest. Since guarana has at least twice the amount of caffeine as coffee beans, it has been widely used as an "energy boosting" ingredient by the beverage industry.
kathleen, I should actually not have said "juice", it's more like a "syrup". It makes the acai sweeter.
Diana, I understand the concern with guarana, but really, unless you take its pure form (in a pill, or powder, etc), I can't see how one would have a bad reaction...in Brazil even kids drink it, it's not such a big deal...I'll take a look at the article though. Thanks!