Aside from meat, Brazil has a plethora of exotic fruits and vegetables from which to make juice. Juice in Brazil is prepared on demand with naturally grown fruit. My first experience with juice in Brazil was the day I arrived. My host parents made me fresh orange juice. Bits of the pulp were floating in the frothy, citrus mixture. With no extra sweeteners, the orange juice was tangy and sharp. I caught a little piece of the pulp between my tongue and the roof of my mouth and crushed it. To put it simply, the juice was incredible. Brazil has natural juices made from all kinds of fruits such as grape, apple, peach, mango, pineapple, my favorite, maracujá, and even avocado. I have had them all.
If anything has caught me by surprise here, it is how quickly the savory flavors of Brazilian cooking have seduced my taste buds. The food here is my heaven and hell. It is just too wondrous for me to restrain myself. So when people ask me what I think of Brazilian cuisine, the answer is simple: I love it. The food has captured not only every one of my five senses, but my heart as well. I’ve found the heart of Brazil.
Grace Livermore is a Cooperstown Rotary exchange student.