Monday, February 5, 2018

Baiana - Brazil

An old baiana lady sent by Luzia to wish me an happy new year. 

Salvador, located on the north-eastern coast of Brazil, is a city steeped in tradition where a melting pot of cultures and strong African heritage point to its glorious past. 
Any visitor to Salvador can’t help but notice the elaborately clad women parading in the Baiana de Acarajé costumes about the square. But their swishing petticoats are more than just a costume — they are a link to the African history of Bahia.

Foto by Lita Cerqueira
The Baianas are an important part of the food culture. The women can be found in all corners of Bahia selling acarajé, which is a mix of black eyed peas, shrimp and spices formed into balls and fried in palm oil. They create a similar treat called abará, which is essentially the same as the acarajé except the mixture is wrapped into a banana leaf and steamed instead of fried. The women also sell cocadas, a sweet mixture of shredded coconut, eggs and sometimes sugar and condensed milk. 
Whatever treat you try with the Baianas de Acarajé, be sure to admire their tradition and their talent, as they are the heart of the Bahian culture. - in:

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