From Forest To Table - The Everyday Food For Locals In Amazon Rainforest
Updated : August 28, 2021 06:08 IST
The rainforests of Amazon in Brazil are one of a kind. Explore the undiscovered cuisine of this rich diverse Amazon.
Being the largest tropical rainforest in the world, they are home to rich biodiversity. From animals and plants to humans, everything co-exists with each other in harmony. For the locals in the region, food is what is available around them. They make the most of the gifts of nature in their surroundings. From fresh water seafood to naturally growing vegetation, everything forms the cuisine of the region.
Here are a few specialties of the local Amazon Rainforest cuisine which brought directly from the forest to the table.
1. Bolinho de Macaxeria
Manioc is a very popular ingredient used in several dishes in the Brazilian region. This one is a deep-fried dish made of manioc and cheese. You ought to get your perfect cheese pull with this one.
2. Pato No Tucupi
This one is a must try as it is a traditional dish, mostly served during holidays and has a distinctive Brazilian flavor to it. To prepare Pato No Tucupi, first you have to roast the duck and then shred it. The duck is cooked in a tucupi sauce with is an exotic ingredient found in the region, along with some garlic and basil. Rice is a great accompaniment with a garnishing of manioc flour.
Imagine a banana that’s unripe. That is plantains. It’s actually fruit that grows in the rainforest but cannot be eaten raw. It is used in savory items by frying, steaming or boiling and sometimes served with desserts that have sweet fruits. Patacones is a dish made from plantains that is basically a type of chips that are fried. They often taste like potato chips.
Freshwater fish is one of the best foods to eat when in the Amazon region. These locals catch fish and grill, steam or fry it with lots of vegetables. One such variety is Patarascha which is cooked in a bijao leaf along with the veggies like onions, tomatoes, chillies etc.
Made of fermented manioc, this is a very mild alcoholic drink that is popular in the region. What’s interesting about it is that the fermented manioc is formed by pieces of manioc chewed by the person through their saliva enzymes.