Meat eaters in Rio de Janeiro are spoiled for choice thanks to the plethora of churrascarias (all-you-can-eat meat grills) to be found across the city, but that’s not to say that there isn’t plenty of reason for vegetarians and health food fans to celebrate too.
The tropical climate and lush vegetation make for an abundance of delicious fruits, many of which are unheard of outside Brazil.
Brazilians love their fresh fruit juices, and there are juice bars on every street corner in the city, ranging from homely hole in the wall affairs to more sophisticated spots such as.
Even the simplest juice bar will offer a range of juices so vast that it can be difficult to make a choice, especially as many of the fruits here don’t even have translations in English.To get you started on your fruit-filled path to health and happiness, here are some not-to-be-missed choices:
- Acai: This Amazonian ‘power berry’ is packed with antioxidants and is said to fix everything from hangovers to the ageing process. Served frozen and often mixed with banana or other fruit and topped with anything from granola to chocolate sprinkles and strawberry sauce, it tastes like an intriguing mix of nuts and bubblegum. But a lot better than that may sound.
- Acerola: This little orange berry packs more vitamin C into its compact form than any other fruit on the planet. Very sour by itself, it is often mixed with orange juice for a real vitamin-C fest. Ask for your juice ‘natural’ if you don’t want it to come stiff with sugar.
- Abacate: You may think you know avocados, but it’s unlikely you have ever seen anything the size of the avocados in Rio. Brazilians eat them sweet, and often made into a vitamina – a blend of fruit and milk
- Caju: The fruit of the cashew nut, this is an aquired taste and not to everybody’s liking, but those who do like it tend to absolutely love it. It’s a taste that is almost impossible to describe, so you’ll need to try it yourself to find out if you are a caju lover or hater.