Brazil Food History and Facts
History of the Brazilian Food
The traditional food of Brazil is a combination of many different
cultural inheritances that have mixed and created a very interesting
and unique cuisine. Originally, the food of Brazil was created by
the native indigenous, who have given most of the main roots of the
actual gastronomy of the country.
When the Portuguese colonized Brazil, their gastronomy mixed with
the traditional indigenous dishes. Then, during the times of slavery,
Africans brought their gastronomy to Brazil as well, adding it to
the combination of indigenous and Portuguese cuisine. However, these
gastronomies didn't completely merge, in most cases they coexisted.
Then, many other immigrants arrived as well: Lebanese, Germans, Italians,
Japanese, Spanish, and many more, adding their dishes to the gastronomy
of Brazil as well. This way, the actual gastronomy of Brazil is the
result of a combination of cultures and dishes of many different origins.
Some interesting facts
The food of Brazil uses much fish, meat, tropical fruits, rice, beans,
and manioc, among others. These main ingredients can be found in most
regions of the country, although the most popular dishes of one region
often are not the same as in other region of the same country.
Feijoada is the national dish of Brazil. This dish is made with pork,
rice, black beans, ham, onions, beef, and chorizo. Traditionally,
feijoada contains all parts of the pig, including parts such as tale,
nose, and ears. Since some people, and specially tourists, don't find
this very appealing, the recipe is often adjusted and those parts
are not added.
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