Brazilian Food and Drink

The cuisine in Brazil varies greatly due to the natural crops that are available in each region, as well as who colonised these regions. Today, the cuisine is a blend of influences inspired by native Indian, African and Portuguese traditions. Root vegetables like cassava and yams are popular, as are fruits such as açai, mango, papaya, pineapple and hog plum. The staple foods are black beans, farinha (flour), and arroz (white rice) and the typical everyday meal consists of rice and beans with beef and salad.

Cachaca literally means ‘burning water’, and one sip of this drink will show you why. This cheap, high-proof alcohol is made from sugar cane and is extremely popular in Brazil with around 4,000 different brands to choose from. The favoured drink to sample it in is the caipirinha, Brazil’s national drink, in which cachaca is mixed with lime, sugar and crushed ice.

Feijoda is the national dish of Brazil and takes a full day to prepare. This rich stew is made by simmering black beans with beef and sausage, then mixed with collard greens and served over white rice.

This seafood stew has been enjoyed for over 300 years in Brazil. Different variations are found in each of the regions, but it typically contains fish, garlic, onions, peppers and a hint of cilantro, then served over rice. Sometimes it is made with coconut milk, crab or shrimp rather than fish.

Brazil is where most of the coffee in the world is grown and you'll certainly want to sample some on your holiday in Brazil. Find vendors on every street corner selling Brazilian coffee in small, potent doses for the perfect pick-me-up.