BrazilBotanicals.com Acai Berry Juice discussed by Dr. Tim S. Hollingshead. The juice and pulp of the açaí fruit (Euterpe oleracea) are often used in beverages and smoothies. In northern Brazil, açaí is traditionally served in gourds called “cuias” with tapioca and, depending on the local preference, can be consumed either salty (with shrimp) or sweet (honey is known to be used in the mix). Açaí has become popular in southern Brazil where it is consumed cold as açaí na tigela (“açaí in the bowl”), mostly mixed with granola and bananas — a fad in which açai is considered an energizer. Açaí is also widely consumed in Brazil as an ice cream flavor or juice.