WORLD GASTRONOMY: THE UNKNOWN BRAZIL
Brazil is internationally renowned for its stunning landscapes, but perhaps its gastronomy remains a mystery. Brazilian cuisine is characterized by its variety, offering infinite dishes, colours and tastes resulting from three major influences: Indigenous, European and African cultures.
Each region of the country has its particular gastronomy that has been adapted to the climate and geography. Many of the preparation techniques and ingredients used have indigenous origins and were later influenced and adapted by slaves and the Portuguese. In the north part of Brazil the gastronomy has, for example, a strong Indigenous presence mixed with European influences. The ethnic mix of the south-east, mainly of Indigenous, African and Portuguese descent, led to a simpler yet delicious cuisine that is one of the most well-known internationally.
Brazil’s most international dish is feijoada, a stew made with black beans and pork, cabbage, rice and farofa. Other typical dishes are: moqueca, prepared with fish, salt, herbs and spices; acarajé, which are balls made with a creamy dried shrimp mixture; the pizzas which are a legacy of Italian immigration; and churrasco, which consists in grilling various meats, but mostly high quality beef.
WINE CONSUMPTION IN BRAZIL INCREASES
Moving onto drinks, Brazilians drink a lot of fruit juices as well as the famous caipiriña, which is present at all celebrations – both formal and informal ones. While they also drink wine, there is less of a tradition. Nevertheless, it is fast becoming one of the most popular drinks among Brazilian consumers. According to data from the specialized magazine ADEGA the consumption of wine has risen by 27% over the past 5 years.
It is worth noting that our Elegido wines are in high demand in Brazil. Thanks to its wide range, Elegido is able to adapt to the tastes and preferences of each of the Brazilian regions and pairs perfectly with all of its gastronomy.