Colombia is a country with colorful, delicious and interesting food. The Colombian kitchen has a large influence from Spanish, African and Natives. The main ingredients of the dishes are rice, corn, beans, cassava and potatoes.
Similarly, fruits like papaya, guava, maracuyÃ¡, coconut, banana and mango are part of the Columbian staple diet. The Andean country is characterized by having so many different regions, each of which has different cultural and geographical characteristics and, therefore, a different cuisine.
There are foods, in which are used similar ingredients, however they are prepared differently in each region, this is the case of the “sancocho” (a soup), soups, tamales, meats, beverages made from corn, pepper, rice, empanadas and arepas (cornbread).
Precisely, arepas are one of the most exquisite foods. In some regions, arepas are made with dried corn dough, which is done through a manual process that involves removing the shell called œpilado. The corn is then cooked and milled.
According to the Colombian Academy of Gastronomy, “the arepa is part of the cultural heritage and can be regarded as a symbol of national unity gastronomic.” Arepas is the ideal complement to other foods.
One of the most famous dishes is the ajiaco santafereÃ±o. Somewhat similar to a chicken broth, this soup is made of celery, corn, guasca (grass), baked potato and chicken breast. This soup is served with capers, vinegar, rice and avocado and milk cream.
Another important food, œbandeja paisa, is characterized by its variety and abundance. This dish is made up of eggs, beans, fried plantains, arepas, pork, rice and avocado, making it a typical food in the Andean region.
While in northern Colombia, meals are noted for their high vitamin content and aphrodisiac, like casseroles, seafood and coconut rice. Also, there are other dishes like fritters, arepas with eggs, sausage and cheese mote, a soup prepared with cheese coast, yams, garlic, onion and tomato.
Among drinks, “la chicha” is made with a corn sugar mixture. This drink can be consumed in two ways: the first is to take it cool, the second option is to let it ferment and store it in the fridge to cool and then consume as a strong alcoholic beverage. Other traditional drinks are juices made from tropical fruits.