You may never have seen an açai (ah-SIGH-ee) berry, but the antioxidant-rich fruit from the Brazilian rain forest has about 60 percent more disease-fighting antioxidants than pomegranates, the latest superfruit to star in nutrition news.

Tart, with little naturally occurring sugar, the pure juice of wild-harvested açai is sweetened here with organic agave nectar (acceptable for some diabetics).

Along with original açai, the juice comes flavored with natural blueberry (our favorite), raspberry, passion fruit or mango concentrate.

Bossa Nova Açai Juice, 10 ounces, five flavors, $2.79. At Whole Foods. Also, Wegmans and Pathmark. For details, see

- Marilynn Marter

Check into summer

Vibrant blue-and-white-checked serveware adds a stylish down-home touch, casual yet classic, to outdoor entertainments.

This colorfully patterned 14-inch serving tray sets the summer mood, whether passing cold drinks or serving hot foods. It's durable enameled steel with sturdy handles.

The collection includes place mats, napkins, plates (8- and 10-inch), french-fry bucket and beverage bucket.

Blue-and-White-Checked Serving Tray, $16.95. At Sur La Table, Marlton, or 800-243-0852.


Marilynn Marter

Sunny shapes

Create sweet watermelons, bikinis, sunglasses and more with durable, hand-shaped copper cookie cutters. To add your own flair, decorate the cookies with icing.

Cookie Cutters, $10.50 and up. At

- Molly Marshaleck