‘A Healthy Addiction’

Acai Fruit Bowls Make Tasty Alternative

Posted: April 24, 2013

To make your own Acai fruit bowl, add two fruits — such as strawberries, blueberries or raspberries — to the Acai. Mix fruits with a liquid; choose from apple or almond juice, coconut, hemp or soy milk. Then, finish with your favorite toppings. (Photo by metrocreativeconnection)
Bored with the traditional springtime fruit salads? Consider a fruit bowl.
Pulp, a café located inside Harrisonburg’s Shenandoah Bicycle Company, specializes in Acai fruit bowls.
The Acai fruit — a small purple berry that grows on Brazilian palm trees — is considered by some to be a ‘super food’ because it contains antioxidants and omega fatty acids.
According to Collin Bento, the service manager at the SBC, the staff was excited to introduce a new culinary concept to the city.
“Harrisonburg is full of burgers and wings, we just thought it would be something different,” he says.
“It’s healthy, it’s delicious and it has the calories of a full lunch.”
Acai fruit bowls have an Acai berry base that is then mixed with other fruits and topped with a variety of ingredients, such as honey, shredded coconut or granola.
Bento, who promises that all the ingredients are natural, thinks the Acai bowls have been well-received in Harrisonburg.
“It’s caught on, for sure. Regular costumers come in daily for lunch,” he says, adding that it’s “a healthy addiction.”
Pulp offers four different types of Acai bowls; the O.G., the Ruby, the Braley’s and the Short Mountain.
For customers looking for a meal replacement, Bento recommends the Short Mountain bowl, which contains bananas, almonds and granola.
“It has a lot of protein and the highest calorie content,” he explains.
For a healthy dessert, Bento suggests the Braley bowl, which has raspberries and honey for a sweeter taste.
According to Bento, Pulp buys their berries from Sambazon, an environmentally-friendly company started by a Californian surfer following a trip to Brazil.
“They [Sambazon] have a fair-trade mentality, and they provide locals with jobs and good wages,” he says.
“It’s something you can feel good about supporting.”

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