Açai: Superfood Spotlight
The Pharm Table kitchen strives to utilize heritage foods and superfoods.
This week’s superfood spotlight falls on açai.
Pharm Table’s Blueberry Açai Cheesecake, which can be purchased in our cafe or at Whole Foods Market locations in San Antonio, makes a great plated dessert for New Year’s Eve parties that you can decorate with your own berries.
Açai is a small, blueish-black berry native to Central and South America. Harvested from the açai palm in the Amazon region, this little fruit has achieved global popularity as an ingredient in açai smoothie bowls and cosmetics.
Açai is rich in easily-absorbable antioxidants, particularly anthocyanins, which can also be found in blueberries, black beans and blue corn. This high antioxidant content can help your body detox and stimulate cell growth.
Açai is low in sugar and high in fiber, which makes it a great choice for aiding digestion. It is also high in omega-3 fatty acids, calcium and trace minerals, which help reduce inflammation and strengthen bones.