CarolCooks2…A-Z World Cuisines…Part 6…Brazil…

Welcome to my new A-Z …World Cuisines…where I will be looking at the countries of the world, their food and national dish or their most popular dish around the world…by this I mean some dishes are eaten in many countries as their fame has spread around the world…I have Chel to thank for giving me some ideas from which this one took shape…Thank you Chel x

Today I am looking at the cuisine of Brazil…

Brazil is located in South America. It is the largest country in the southern hemisphere. Brazil is bordered by the Atlantic Ocean to the east; French Guiana, Suriname, Guyana, Venezuela, and Colombia to the north; Peru, Bolivia, Paraguay, and Argentina to the west; and Uruguay to the south.

Traditional Brazilian food is delicious, colourful, diverse, and exciting. Because Brazil is such a melting pot of colours and customs, its cuisine varies from one region to another, reflecting the country’s diverse backgrounds and vast territory.

I am a huge fan of Mark Weins I just love his joy of eating and finding traditional food…

A little more about the “Pequi fruit” which is mentioned and eaten in this video…

The fruit has edible skin, with soft flesh inside surrounding a large, stony pit. The pit is surrounded by a number of sharp spines which, if eaten, lodge themselves in the soft flesh of the mouth – the tongue, the gums and the palate. Once lodged they are very difficult to remove and are very painful.

Pequi is a native fruit from Brazil, found in the Amazon, Caatinga, Cerrado and Atlantic Rain Forest regions. It is one of the main plants with great potential for sustainable use in Central Brazil.

As Brazil is bordered by many countries they have all had an influence on the very varied cuisine of Brazil…the cuisine combines locally grown products with products the Portuguese settlers brought with them…by the same token African slaves brought influences like the coconut and dried shrimp.

The country is also famous for its Bahian food, which is a combination of Portuguese and African influences. In this style of cooking, Brazilians mix together the ingredients in one clay pot and it’s then served over a bed of rice or cornmeal.

Brazils National Dish...beans and manioc flour are two ingredients which make up one of the most famous dishes in Brazil… Feijoada…is a bean stew made up of large cuts of meat slowly cooked with rice and farofa(toasted) cassava flour plus an Orange…

History tells us that Brazillian slaves invented the first Feijoada from eyeballs, feet or tongues which were the leftover scraps from the house…Two types of Feijoada still exist one is made the old traditional way with the leftover meats and Feijoada Moderna which is as the name suggests a modern version made from beef brisket…

Although many will say settlers from Portugal and slaves have shaped the cuisine of Brazil there are many who believe that true Brazillian food is that which is indigenous to Brazil and food that was cultivated before pre-Cabraline times (the period before Pedro Álvares Cabral arrived in 1500). Food like Pineapple, passion fruit, cocoa beans, cashews, açai, guarana, Brazil nuts, mate and guava, which were grown by indigenous Brazilians.

Brazil also has a long coastline which means plenty of fresh fish…I’ll hand you over to Mark Weins again as he gets down and local…

By watching Mark Weins videos you will get a really good idea of the food of Brazil… a country that I wish I had visited…That fish looks beautiful and the way it’s cut…These videos from Mark Weins will give you a really good insight into how diverse and how wonderful the food of Brazil is…

I hope you have enjoyed the snapshot of how wonderful the food of Brazil is and how diverse…Thank you for joining me today I look forward to your comments xx

41 thoughts on “CarolCooks2…A-Z World Cuisines…Part 6…Brazil…

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    1. CarolCooks2 Post author

      I would try it, Robbie as it looks like the spikes are in the centre when I saw a cross section of one it reminded me of a kiwi fruit.. Unfortunately it wasn’t an image I could use.. I would try it but very carefully so many people eat them there…

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  2. dgkaye

    Fantastic food post on Brazil, Carol. The only Brazilian food I’ve had on vacations are some meet dishes,or different meats on skewers. I think I may pass on the tongue and eyeballs though. Lol ❤

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  3. D. Wallace Peach

    I vaguely remember having Brazilian food once and can’t even remember where I was – some US city somewhere. Ha ha. Loved this intro to the varied food – especially the dangerous fruit, which I wouldn’t try to eat on my own! Exploring foods is a key to enjoying different countries. Thanks, Carol.

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    1. CarolCooks2 Post author

      Haha… I have those moments too… I would try the fruit but with caution.. I am loving tvis series there is so much to learn about food and the differences around the world… I am so happy that you are enjoying exploring all this diversity with me, Diana… 😀

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    1. CarolCooks2 Post author

      Absolutely, Pete..I would love to join him on of his trips he loves his food and finds the best places…it always cheers me up just watching him and his love of food…x

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  7. pfiddlergal

    I love world cuisines. Sometimes when I have time I go to an international market and pick up a food I have never seen before. Then I look up a recipe and make it. I admit it is hit and miss but also mind expanding.

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  8. OIKOS™- Art, Books & more

    This Pequi fruit sounds very interesting. So nature also has self-defense capabilities. 😉 I am really missing rural markets, where you can buy fresh fruits and also different meat. You are blessed, Carol! Thanks for sharing the information, and have a nice week! xx Michael

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      1. OIKOS™- Art, Books & more

        Oh, theoretically we have such markets, but with less farmers doing their originary job – they prefer to operate biogas reactors and care for forests – we have to import from the region (around 100 km). Not really fresh products, and in the cities only once or twice a week present. New nature. Lol Have a beautiful week as well. xx Michael

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  9. beetleypete

    We used to live close to a Brazilian restaurant in Camden. It was called ‘Made In Brasil’. They served a delicious ‘black beef’ stew, with the tenderest meat I have ever eaten. Brazilian music was played, and they sold delicious cocktails too. I just looked it up, and it is still trading. 🙂
    https://madeinbrasil.co.uk/
    Best wishes, Pete. x

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