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Santa Catarina Coast – Brazil

Rancho de pesca e engenho de farinha

The State of Santa Catarina, in southern Brazil, has a 500 km long coast. Since the pre-Columbian era, the beaches, dunes, bays, islands, coves and inlets of the coast of were already half inhabited by Guarani peoples who had a profound mysticism marked by their ancestral cosmology, which gave them a sense that they had found a “Land were there was no malice”. In 1750 began the first permanent non-indigenous settlements, with migrants coming from the Azores Islands, followed especially by Germans and Italians. Nowadays, the cultural identity displays an incredible multicultural integration expressed through the historical, language and gastronomic heritage.

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Costa de Santa Catarina – Brasil

The coast of Santa Catarina has always been blessed with fish, ​​and the fertile plains have always encouraged agricultural activities. It is in the interweaving of these activities that traditional populations celebrated – in spaces such as the “ranchos” for fishing and manioc mills – the rich coastal biodiversity. Among the most commonly used prime materials in the local gastronomy figure: cassava flour, fish products caught via traditional methods, and a large dose of mullet and berbigão, very similar to clams.

The Santa Catarina products – Brazil

The polvilhada farinha

The polvilhada farinha (cassava flour) of Santa Catarina is produced by a process that keeps the starch of the corn. For this reason it is white and very fine. It is produced in artisanal mills, built originally for the processing of grain, but adapted in the mid-eighteenth century by the colonists of the Azores for the processing of this tuber.

The mullet

The traditional fishing for mullet occurs during the winter months and is considered as the “miracle fish” of the coast of Santa Catarina. Tons of schools of fish migrate from the far south to the coast of the region in search of warmer waters for breeding. This phenomenon proved to be beneficial as fish eggs are greatly appreciated.

The berbigão

The berbigão is a mollusk, rich in minerals and protein and low in fat content. Today fishing helps to supplement the income of many precarious families of Florianópolis, the state capital, where this mollusk is collected mainly in the Marinha Reserve of Pirajubaé.

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