Brazil has an original and expressive cuisine. Over 500 years, the Brazilian assimilated and transformed European cuisine, mainly portuguese, the spices that the colonizer brought from the East (China and India), adding ingredients from the African and indigenous cuisines (that of the Indians of the Amazon and the Pantanal).
The latter, a permanent party of ground fish, game and seasonal fruits, was already present when the country was discovered. All of this, without ever harming or endangering the stability of the environment. It was food exchanges, therefore, the union of different life paths and experiences, ethnicities and cultures, the miscegenation of tastes, shapes and aromas, which generated a new and rich cuisine: Brazilian.
This cuisine assimilated, from the Indians, cassava flour, foods cooked or roasted in banana leaves, foods made with corn, peanut butter flour (fish or meat piled and mixed with flour).
The moderation in the use of salt and condiments, the kitchen with an oven and stove, the use of ceramic utensils, the virtues of the consumption of fresh food, and foods seasoned by the hands of the native Indians were also inherited from the natives. Without this, national cuisine would be very poor today.
The African presence at the Brazilian table has palm oil and pepper (not the native ones, used by the Indians, but the chilli, brought by Africans) its great representatives. The palm from which the oil is extracted came from Africa to Brazil, in the first decades of the 16th century.
All dishes brought from the African continent were then reworked and recreated by the Brazilians, who started using palm oil and local elements.
Due to the cosmopolitan characteristics of the South and Southeast of Brazil it is possible to find in these regions a wide variety of cuisines: Italian, Japanese, Chinese, Korean, Vietnamese, German, Hungarian, French, Polish, Russian, Ukrainian. Pizza and pasta, for example, are legacies of Italians that have already been incorporated into the diet of many Brazilians.
In the end we can conclude that this great mixture created a truly unique universe that delights people from all over the world.