Argentine Littoral surprises every minute with its red lands, rivers of incomparable richness, and an exuberant vegetation. Famous for its rivers with waterfalls and cascades, in its waters lives thousands of delicious species with good cooks. In nets and baits, we can catch surubies, dorados, shads or pacús, among other species combined on fires with herbs and vegetables that grow luxuriantly. The landscape surprises continue with colorful butterflies with special sizes, or exotic birds that live in the esteros (tidelands). They are areas where we also find non conventional meats, under a sky that usually forms a clear rainbow. The region is also rich in citrus, fruits brought by Spanish hands. Its orange blossoms perfume the air intensively. In the littoral the traveler can taste the local cooking as well as another inherited from communities that were in their homeland. There, you can rescue, for example, part of the Guarani culture, that we know nowadays with breads made of flour or of manioc starch, as the typical chipás (sort of buns), eaten at every time and found anywhere along the roads. With them we find the Ukrainian “holupchi” and other preparations of names hard to pronounce properly, and have different origins. From that range of disperse communities so attached, once a year the traditional Communities Festival is celebrated.
The Littoral’s menu would not be complete without mentioning the subtropical fruits, as exotic as the landscapes. They have delicious flavors, like pineapples, mango, papaya, coconuts, palm hearts, consumed fresh, or in different preparations. Also, this humid and fertile land gives nuts, like the Pecan one. This natural exuberance attracts bees producing a variety o honey. But there are two distinctive products of this land: with naked eye they seem like little leaves, but from them important beverages are born: plain tea and yerba mate. The last is one of the most pure synonyms of Argentina.
“This book, which is a great map of flavors of Argentine regions to visit, is rich and varied.”
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