Brazilian Cuisine is rich and diverse; it is heavily influenced by Portuguese, Native Indians and African overall. The impact from Spanish, Italian, German are also played a major role in impacting regional modern Brazilian cuisine. It is often set apart from other South American cuisines by its unique ingredients and flavors only native to the regions. Food like acai berry, recently comes into fashion worldwide due to the raise of health consciousness, is native to the Amazon Rainforest and has been commonly consume over the country. Yams, cassava, hog plum, okra, peanus, Pão de queijo (cheese bun), tapioca, and chouriço (chorizo, the spicy sausage) are some of other popular food choices throughout Brazil. The food choices and the taste in Brazilian cuisine deeply reflect the richness of the history and culture background of the country.
One of the secret to the rich Brazilian cooking is the use of spices. The biodiversity offers a wide range of distinctive spices natives to the region. Tempero Baiano, translates as “seasoning from Bahia” and one of the top spices in Brazil, is originated in northeastern of Brazil and is used in most of the Brazilian dishes. Garlic, Bay leaves and Cayenne pepper are also spices that can be found in almost all Brazilian dishes along with many other spices.
Beside the extraordinary use of spices, the table etiquette is also worthwhile mentioning. Because of the love for food and appreciate towards food in Brazilian culture, Brazilians tend to have extremely good manner around the table. Utensils are used for all food even for the little kids (Giving utensils from Godparents to children is even a tradition in the country); food needs to be present elegantly onto the table, etc. This reflects the importance of food in Brazilian culture.
Personally, I love food. And I think food are amazing. Tasting the food is the best way to experience the culture. Eating the food of what people in other culture are eating kind of make me feel like I am making some kind of connection, or a mutual feeling. Learning how a culture eat and behave around the table is one of the most important and one of the few first step to take when you arrive in a new place.