Brazil food and drink
Brazil's cuisine is interesting, to say the least. The country's
long history of immigration and wide cultural diversity across its regions has served to widen the range and variety of Brazilian foods.
Cornmeal Food Products
In this sense it is hard to generalize about Brazilian food,
staple, mainly because there is no one single national Brazilian cuisine that distinguish it, but numerous very distinct regional ones, as you will discover on your Brazil travel northeast.
Brasilian food mirror the variety and mix of its people, with influences from the indigenous people of Brazil, the Portuguese, African and Italian people, to name but a few.
It is this ethnic make up that has largely influenced Brazilian foods preferences across Brasil, culminating in foods of different cultures being adapted over time to suit regional tastes as it exists today.
Brazil food in the north east for instance, has a strong Afro-
Brazilian slant (the legacy of African slave people), with seafood being a very popular and widely used food staple in Brazil cuisine.
Typical, popular Brasil foods in this region include dishes
such as fish stew; brown beans and dried shrimp fritters. Being
a coastal region, excellent seafood can be found in many of the north east towns.
Other Brazil popular foods include beautifully
flavoured dishes such as tacacá - which is a spicy soup; pato no tucupi - a spiced duck dish; and vatapa - a seafood dish in a thick, rich sauce. A particular favourite home-made food in brazil is feijoada, which is a rich stew consisting of pork ears, chops, knuckles and strips of dried beef and black beans; usually served with rice.
Don't imagine however that the choice of food in Brazil is limited
to the more traditional Brasilian cuisine. There is on offer, a very wide range of different Brazil food to suit almost every nationality
and include Brazil fast food outlets, Brazil restaurants that serve foods to suit the European palate etc.,
Snacking food of Brazil
Brazil food snacks are known as - lanches, which are in the main a variety of different pastries. Food snacks can literally be found
at Brazil fast food outlets everywhere. Look out for Brazil bakeries or lanchonete. Bakeries - padarias, can be best described as cafe-type bars that provide small cheap snack food and drinks, while a lanchonete will provide a bit more variety.
Empadinha Snack Food
Choices include deep-fried, coated ground chicken balls - coxinha
stuffed pastries - empadinha; fried heart of palm -
palmito; small spiced meat, or shrimp-filled, fried pasties or pastries.
Brazil Fruit Choices
On your Brazil travel northeast, you will discover an exotic supply of fresh fruit and vegetables is plentiful in Brasil.
These are widely available from Brazil food markets, along with numerous food spices. You will be familiar with many of the fruit on offer, which will include mango - manga,
lemon/lime, passion fruit, coconut, alongside many other native Brazil fruit such as the much talked about - açaí and
the exceptionally delicious cupuaçú.
If you are travelling with young children, then the ways in which
Brazilian people use fruit, should make things easier for you
since fresh fruit is the primary ingredient in all Brazil recipes
for juices and ice cream.
In addition to the famous Brazilian coffee, fresh fruit juices are extremely popular in Brazil. You will find numerous juice
bars, serving everything from orange juice - suco de laranja
and banana-based drinks to passion fruit; the exotic cashew fruit
and the delicious, powerful anti-oxidant super food drink from the Amazon - Açai.
Brazil drinks and beverages
Acai Juice Serving
Brazilians have mastered the art of juicing, so be adventurous in sampling some of the Brazil juice recipes.
And of course, there is the delicious coconut water -agua de coco, especially thirst quenching on hot, relaxing days on Brazil beaches. The well-known favourite, coke - coca-cola
is also widely available. An alternative carbonated soft drink, made from a native Amazonian berry is guarana.
Tea - chá is also available in the Earl Gray and green tea varieties, from specialised tea shops or cafes. Or perhaps you might want to sample the Brazilian variety, - mate,
which is a caffeine-packed and is often served chilled across Brazil.
If you are looking for something with a bit more kick, you simply have to try Caipirinha, Brazil's national drink - made with
lime, sugar and cachaça but take heed - it packs a pretty punch.
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