Cultural Aspects of the Southern Region (continued)

Cultural Aspects of the Southern Region (continued)

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Typical dishes

The cuisine of Paraná was influenced by the various immigrants who lived and live in the region.

Brazilian Indians living in Paraná introduced the consumption of pine nuts in meals and the consumption of yerba mate. In addition, indigenous culture has added fruits and roots to state cuisine.


One of the main typical dishes of this region is barreado, consumed in several cities. This dish, made with meat, bacon and seasonings, is named after the expression "barrear the pan", preventing the steam to come out and the stew to get cold quickly. Barreado was influenced by Portugal and means abundance and joy.

"Barreado" pan, typical dish of Paraná

The cuisine of Santa Catarina, because it has a wide coastal region, presents several typical dishes based on seafood consumption. In addition, their dishes are influenced by the colonization of the Portuguese who consumed this type of food and prepared broths and stews. Fish are also widely consumed by locals and the most admired and consumed seafood are lobster, shrimp, oysters and shellfish.

Seafood, influence (Portuguese-Azorean)

Already the influence of the Germans, who arrived in the region, was to introduce other ingredients, such as pork in beer and mallards. Other foods influenced by immigrants were potato soups, pies, salami, breads and wines.

Pork knee, German influence

The main typical dishes of Rio Grande do Sul were influenced by Italians, Spanish, Portuguese and Germans. The main ones are: polenta, chicken, smoked meat, sausages, breads, cakes, among others. However, the best known dish is the barbecue gaucho, originally made in ground fire.

Traditional barbecue gaucho

Another characteristic dish of the state is carreteiro rice, made with beef jerky. It began to be consumed in the caravans made by the gauchos by the pampas, in order to know parts of Rio Grande do Sul with no inhabitants. Although carreatas no longer occur, the dish is still widely consumed in the region and the country.

Carreteiro rice, made with beef jerky

The mate is one of the symbols of the gauchos. It is consumed by people daily in various places. It is the hot yerba mate tea that is placed in the gourd. It is divided between friends and family. It has meanings such as reconciliation and hospitality.

Chimarrão - one of the symbols of RS