Food Culture: Brazilian Rio Black Bean Meal


Non-legacy food culture: Brazilian Rio black bean meal

Black bean meal

Black bean meal is one of the most popular dishes in Brazil, and its taste is very rich. Therefore, if you taste black bean meal in a very hungry situation, you can better feel the beauty of this food. There are a lot of pork and beans in the black bean meal, which can usually be eaten with rice. In short, you can find black bean meals almost anywhere in Brazil.

It can be said that Brazil is a “bean kingdom”. Beans are everywhere, and it is one of the basic foods of many Brazilians. Each year, nearly 13 kilograms of beans are eaten per capita. In Brazil, beans are seen as a national asset and are mainly supplied to the domestic market with few exports. Brazilians are experts in growing, processing and cooking beans. Black beans, red beans, white beans and flower beans are used to make a variety of delicacies.

Long before the Europeans landed in South America, the Indians began to grow beans. After the arrival of the Portuguese, the magical use of beans was gradually discovered. When they look for gold and gems deep into the coastal areas, they can’t carry too much food with them. So from the Indians, they learned the techniques of growing corn, bananas and beans, and planted them in the camp to solve the problem of eating. They found that beans are ripe, easy to store and transport, and the biggest advantage is the exceptional nutrition. By the eighteenth century, beans had not only been the staple food of the Indians, but also left a few miles for the beans in the home garden. According to local customs, this crop is to be taken care of by women.

The local bean rice has shown obvious local characteristics since the selection of materials. For example, Rio de Janeiro likes to use black beans, in Minas Gerais with red beans and black beans, and in Sao Paulo with red beans and white beans. Every chef will tell you that his choice is the most authentic. It is a waste of time to make bean rice. After picking up the beans, it takes 8 to 10 hours to wash. The chef’s imagination is particularly reflected in the choice of meat.

In the northern region, black bean rice is only dried with dried beef, spicy sausage and pork chops. Southerners think that this is too meager, and should add smoked sausage, pork puree, small mud sausage, pickled fat pork, bacon, and even pig’s feet and pig ears. As for the ingredients used, they are similar, which is the mustard, garlic, bay leaf and olive oil. In general, Brazilians are not very particular about the ingredients, they focus on the main ingredients.

(Source: Baidu Encyclopedia)

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