Açaí (pronounced Ah-sah-ee) bowls and dishes are popping up on the menus of cafés, restaurants and juice bars across New Zealand. Gre3n Superfood & Juice Bar is super proud to partner with Riversea, New Zealand’s premier supplier of Açaí berries, to offer you a superior Açaí experience, second to none.
The story of Riversea starts with Pablo Lemos, a marketing guru, foodie and tennis coach.
Growing up in Rio de Janeiro, Pablo and his father would feast on Açaí morning, noon and night. In fact Pablo was only four years old when he enjoyed his very first Açaí bowl! The climate, availability of fresh ingredients, health benefits and 24/7 juice bar culture make Açaí the go-to food for all ages and lifestyles. In Rio, Açaí bowls are not just a treat or a food trend, they’re a way of life!
Pablo moved from his native Rio de Janeiro to Auckland, New Zealand in 2013. Although in love with the country he dreamed of visiting as a teenager, Pablo yearned for a taste of home – an authentic Açaí bowl as it soon became apparent that an Açaí bowl of the consistency, taste and quality that he was used to in Brazil, was simply not available in New Zealand.
As luck would have it Pablo met David and Theresa Kinnear through their mutual love of tennis. When Pablo introduced them to the world of Açaí they were totally amazed at how good it was and immediately shared it with their daughter Josie. Josie was totally captivated by this marvelous, natural product and loves nothing better than spending time in the kitchen with friends blending, decorating and sharing Açaí bowls. What could be better than combining friendship with such an awesome, healthy taste experience!
Driven by their mutual passion for a premium Açaí product David, Theresa and Pablo set up the RiverSea (nickname for the Amazon river because of its vastness) Trading Co with a simple goal – to source the very best Açaí berries available and bring them to New Zealand so Kiwis can enjoy this amazing food too.
What is Açaí ?
Açaí (pronounced Ah-sah-ee) is an ancient berry which grows along the banks of the Amazon river on Açaí palm trees. It’s about the size of a grape and has an incredible dense purple colour. This fully sustainable crop has been used as a staple food by indigenous tribes for centuries and is rapidly becoming one of the world’s most sought after superfoods offering a combination of incredible taste with extraordinary health benefits.
Riversea’s premium certified organic Açaí pulp contains a high concentration of Açaí (12%) and is free from all additives – something David, Theresa and Pablo are passionate about as many Açaí products, including pulps and powders, often contain lower levels of Açaí and include additives to improve the shelf life of the product and hold the Açaí and water together. While these products can be cheaper and easier to find, they easily lose body, colour and nutrients and don’t offer the authentic Brazilian experience.
Why Is It So Good For You?
The Açaí berry is one of the healthiest berries you will ever find. It contains more antioxidants than any other fruit in the world. It’s densely packed with essential omega fatty acids, protein, calcium, vitamins A & C, and other minerals unique to the Amazonian soil.
Regular servings of Açaí are known to slow down the aging process, lower cholesterol levels, improve blood circulation, maintain a healthy weight and increase energy levels and stamina.
For more information and some great Açaí Recipes, check out www.riversea.co.nz
So there you have it. Açaí is more than just delicious – it’s an ancient superfood that is conquering the world. Share our passion, make your own Açaí memories and of course, live a clean, gre3n life style.