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Food in Brazil forum Food in Every Country  ::  Algeria to France   Food in Brazil Ads by Google Coffee In Brazil  -  Bargain Prices. Smart Deals. Save on Coffee In Brazil!  ( Shopzilla.com ) Brazilian Food - Glendale  -  Feast on authentic Brazilian food and entertainment. Great   for groups  ( www.gauchosvillage.com ) Food Culture  -  Find Food Culture Here. Fast in the Ansearch Directory.   ( www.AnSearch.com ) Recipes Ambrosia .....................................................................  38 Feijoada (Meat Stew)  ..................................................  38 Orange Salad  ..............................................................  39 Polenta (Fried Corn Mush)  ..........................................  40 Pepper-Scented Rice  ...................................................  41 Corn Cake ...................................................................  41 Banana Frita (Fried Bananas)  .......................................  42 Pudim (Thick Custard) .................................................  42 Pineapple-Orange Drink ..............................................  43 Quejadinhas (Coconut and Cheese Snacks) .................  43 1 GEOGRAPHIC SETTING AND ENVIRONMENT
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Brazil is the largest country in South America, and the fourth-largest country in the  world. It lies on the East Coast of South America. Because Brazil lies in the Southern  Hemisphere, the seasons are reversed from those in North America: the winter months  are May through August, and the warmest summer month is January. The mighty  Amazon River, the world's second-longest river after the Nile in Egypt, flows across  northern Brazil. The area around the Amazon River is known as one of the world's  largest rainforests. About one-fourth of all the world's known plants are found in Brazil.  In the latter part of the 1900s, logging and other commercial industries were damaging  the rainforest of Brazil. Dozens of animal and plant species became extinct in Brazil  during the 1900s. The destruction of the rainforest environment has slowed a little,  however. Brazil's soil is not fertile enough for agriculture in most areas, but it does  produce large quantities of cocoa (it ranks third in cocoa production after Cote d'Ivoire  and Ghana, both in Africa). River water that flows near cities is polluted by industrial  waste. 2 HISTORY AND FOOD Brazil is a large country that is made up of many different cultures. Each region has a  different food specialty. The Portuguese arrived in Brazil in 1500 and brought their  tastes and styles of cooking with them. They brought sugar, citrus fruits, and many  sweets that are still used for desserts and holidays. The Brazilian "sweet tooth" was  developed through the influence of the Europeans. Brazilians use many eggs, fruits,  spices (such as cinnamon and cloves), and sugar to make sweet treats, such as ambrosia.  They also use savory (not sweet) seasonings such as parsley and garlic. Other  nationalities that settled in Brazil were Japanese, Arabs, and Germans. More than one  million Italians had migrated to Brazil by 1880. Each immigrant group brought along its 
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