The feijoada is undoubtedly Brazil’s typical dish. Brazilians eat it almost daily because it has many vitamins and proteins – and has a nice low price. But the Brazilian cuisine is not all about rice with black beans. Learn a bit more about it…
How important the coffee is
The coffee is very appreciated in Brazil – and it could not be different, since we are the world leaders in its production. Coffee has a historical and political importance for Brazil and its economic development in the end of the 19th century. It meant status, wealth and even the chance of becoming the President. (In case you are curious, read about how the Brazilian President in the 19th century was always either a coffee producer or a milk producer here.)
Nowadays, far from being a status symbol, coffee is a part of the Brazilian’s everyday life. Want an example? Our breakfast is called café-da-manhã (morning coffee), which implies, of course, that coffee is part of a good meal to start the day.
And talking about breakfast….
In Brazil we have the café-da-manhã (morning coffee), while in other Portuguese speaking countries the name is a bit different. In Portugal it is called pequeno-almoço (small lunch) and in the African countries, Angola and Mozambique, it is the mata-bicho (animal-killer). My only interpretation for this name is that they probably want to kill their hunger-animal …
It is no wonder that Brazil is famous for its tropical fruits. This reputation probably came along with Carmen Miranda and her hat of fruits.
Her name is not familiar for you? Maybe these videos will help you refresh your memory:
She was the first Brazilian to become famous in the USA – and was even the highest-paid woman in the United States in the 1940s, working as singer and actress.
But is the stereotype of the tropical fruits true? Yes, it is. Brazil has an enormous variety of fruits that the European for example never heard of. Different colours, sizes, shapes, smells and flavours. Fruits in Brazil have a special taste – and an equally special price. They are generally cheap and are part of the daily meals.
Our soft drink
The biggest competitor of Coca Cola in Brazil is the soft drink Guaraná. Guarana is a fruit cultivated in Brazil and the soft drink is made of it. Anyone in the country knows this soda – and people in general prefer it over Coke, just because it is ours and is another reason for us to be proud.