Ok, there are THOUSANDS of things you have to try in Brazil before you can even start to form an opinion, and one of them is CACAO, or COCOA in English.
No, it´s not the cocoa powder you imagined when I first mentioned the word. I´m talking about cocoa, the fruit, where the beans come from to make chocolate.
My husband in Brazilian and has always lived and worked on farms, so he introduced me to this amazing fruit about 2 years ago.
The best way to eat this super nourishing fruit is in the form of a “vitamina de cacao” or cocoa milkshake. The result is a creamy, foamy, sweet and slightly sour milkshake that will never leave your brain. The taste and texture are totally unforgettable. We prepare the pulp at home, but you can have a cocoa milkshake at most lanchonettes in the north and north-east regions of Brazil. Most Brazilians have not even tasted this amazing fruit this way. Once the beans are stripped of their pulp to make juice, they are dried in the sun and mostly sold to cocoa export companies.
You can also just suck the pulp off the beans or make juice with the pulp using water instead of milk. I still prefer the milkshake, though.
Here are some pictures.