- The Plate
7 Brazilian Foods to Know if You're Going to the Olympics
Because you can't eat at McDonald's every day.
You're ready to go to Rio de Janeiro to cheer on your country's best athletes at the Olympics this week. You've packed your bugspray to guard against Zika and your hiking boots for tackling Sugarloaf Mountain, but have you thought about what you're going to eat?
There will be steakhouses, for sure, but there are also a variety of fruits, snacks, and hearty stews that are worth seeking out because they are uniquely Brazilian.
A mainstay of the indigenious diet is manioc, also known as cassava or yuca. It's a drought-resistant tuber that can be ground into flour, fermented into juice, rolled into tapioca, or turned into a paste. Legend has it that the first manioc grew out of the grave