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Betsy’s Brazilian Food Blog

Since we’ve been in Brazil I’ve noticed a lot of differences compared to Richmond, including lots of different foods. Here are ten new things that I’ve tried:

  1. Tapioca: Tapioca comes from the root vegetable Cassova. It is used ALOT in Brazil.  I first tried Tapioca crepe. Unlike crepes I’ve had before, you put in ham, cheese or other meat and stuff like that – not lemon and sugar, but you can have Nutella which Willow loves!

    Waiting for our Tapioca Crepes in Trancoso

  2. Feijoada: The Feijoada is a black bean and pork stew. I first had it at the ‘Child’s day’ party in Trancoso. It was amazing. I had it with rice and I loved it. When I was on my city tour of Rio, at lunchtime we went to a buffet and I saw fejoada. Obviously I put some (and I mean LOADS) on my plate and it was disgusting. Here is a little video of Lola and me trying Feijoada for the first time. IMG_5601
  3. Tamarind Fruit: When we were in Trancoso, our friend Xadinho introduced to a new fruit which came from the Tamarind Tree. We picked it up from the floor and we had to crack the shell around the fruit. It tasted sour as if it was a really sour strawberry and a lemon squished together. The texture was sticky and bitty and you just sucked it from the stone. Willow and I really liked them.

    Tamarind Fruit

  4. Caju: Caju is a fruit (that I didn’t like) and it is where cashew nuts come from (I looove cashew nuts!) When the cashew nut is still on the fruit it is in a poisonous shell. So you can NOT eat it until a professional has taken the shell off. I was surprised that there is only one cashew nut on each fruit!


  5. Maxixe (pronounced ma-shie-shie): Maxixe is a fruit that is basically a cucumber with spikey skin. In the middle was green just like a cucumber but these had a lot more seeds. There was about nine in each chopped up circle. It tasted like a sweet lemon and not at all sour. I loved this fruit.


  6. Sapoti: Sapoti is another fruit that I hated. It looked like a potato, it had texture like a pear that I really didn’t like with a weird caramel taste.

    Sapoti Fruit

  7. Cacau: Cacau is the fruit that chocolate comes from but it is a very ugly fruit. We sucked the seeds. I hated it because the texture was again so disgusting but at the same time quite satisfying. It tasted like slimy, sour, sweet, peary, strawberry.


  8. Cupuaçú: This fruit looked like a coconut. Tom opened the fruit with a big hammer. He hit around the side of the fruit until he could crack it open. Inside it looked like an alien brain. Tom gave us the seeds to suck again and this time they were delicious. It tasted like you’re eating all the skittles at one time – apparently that’s what another little boy said and he was absolutely right! After we tasted this the adults had some alcohol called Cachaça de Jambú that made all their tongues tingle and their mouth go crazy.


    The crazy drink

  9. Sugar Cane Juice – ‘Caldo de Cana’: When we were on Tom’s ‘Eat Rio’ tour, we went to a market and a man was making Sugar Cane Juice and we got some. The way he was making it was very interesting. He got a big plant and shoved it into a machine that was powered by a lawnmower engine in the back of this VW van. Then all of a sudden, juice poured out the bottom. They put it in a jug full of ice to cool it down before drinking it. First we drank it on its own which was sooo sweet and I didn’t really like it, but then, we put some lime into it and the taste changed very dramatically to a really delicious lemonade taste. I loved that taste and said it was the best drink I’ve had on this trip!

    Watching them make the Sugar Cane Juice

  10. Brigadeiro: Last of all, the amazing Brigadeiro! This is chocolate on a spoon. It’s kind of like chocolate icing which you can also get in mini cup cake wrappers. These chocolate delights are very common in Brazil. I liked it but it wasn’t my favourite and I think I prefer the Argentinian National Desert called…’Alfajores’ – YUM!



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