South Jersey fruit lovers fall hard for açaí bowls

With brilliant colors that pop and fresh flavors that satisfy, açaí bowls are as visually appealing as they are delectable.

Overflowing with a variety of sliced fruit and a multitude of sweet and crunchy toppings, these brightly-hued (and Instagram-friendly) bowls feature a base of frozen açaí and are showing up throughout New Jersey cafés and restaurant menus.

But what exactly is an açaí bowl? The açaí (pronounced ah-sigh-EE) berry is small and dark purple, resembling a blueberry and considered a “superfood.” It is grown in Brazil and other areas of the Southern hemisphere and contains an array of healthful ingredients, such as anti-oxidants, fiber and vitamins, including calcium, irons and vitamins A and C.