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Many Cultures and Many Flavours Scott Hayden Apr 24, 2007
Ethnic cooking in Brazil ranges from the national favourite feijoada to hot and spicy caruru. The images in most people's minds when thinking about Brazil are football, beaches and samba. But what is known about this country's cuisine? It's true that Brazilian food hasn't received as much acclaim in the past as Chinese, Thai and Indian dishes. But things are starting to change and more notice is being given to the delicious and diverse food that Brazil has to offer. Each region of the country has a different specialty according to the dominant ethnic group in that state. Brazilian restaurants are popping up in many North American cities and are commonly associated with all-you-can-eat barbecued foods usually with a salad bar tucked away in a corner. The national dish of Brazil is feijoada , a hearty black bean and meat stew simmered for several hours and traditionally eaten for lunch on Wednesdays and Saturdays. It's served with white rice, shredded kale, slices of fresh orange and farofa, the starchy manioc flour sprinkled over many foods in Brazil. It is found on tables all over the country just as salt and pepper is in North America and Europe. After eating feijoada most Brazilians limit their activity for the rest of the day because it takes a long time to digest.