Sunday, September 17 2017
One of the best things to do while in Brazil is a morning visit to a local feira. A feira (or fair, in English) is an outdoor market, usually set up in a square or street closed to traffic where local vendors set up their stalls of fresh fruits, vegetables, fish and more. Some feiras change locations each day of the week, offering an opportunity for people around the city to purchase fresh foods and flowers. Vendors are friendly, with some offering free samples, in hope that will encourage you to buy some of their tasty goods. Some accept credit card, but it is best to have Brazilian cash on hand (referably in small bills) in case they do not.
Keep your eyes out for:
Manioc, as we call it in Rio, is a potato-like root vegetable that is a staple of Brazilian food. It can be boiled or fried and is made into a side dish, farofa (crunchy compliment), sweets and even delicious ice cream.
Caju fruit (cashew, in English) is the fruit that the cashew nut come from. The pulp of this fruit is made into juice, sweets or tasty caipirinha!
Be sure to try a freshly fried pastel (snack of fried dough filled with your choice of cheese, meat or shrimp) served with freshly squeezed sugarcane juice.
On a side note, the word “feira” is also used in the names of the days of the week in Portuguese: