I know that this is a very touchy subject and my husband warned me against writing about it because Brazilians are very nationalistic about farofa, but I have to talk about it. No matter where I am whenever I go out to dinner with Brazilians I always get asked, “Do you like farofa?”
First of all, what is farofa? There are several variations of farofa but basically it is manioc flour toasted with butter, spices, and bacon. That doesn’t sound so bad does it? So why do I say that Americans hate farofa? It’s because all of the Brazilians I have met tell me that Americans don’t like it. And I myself don’t like. The best way I can describe farofa is a grainy tasteless texture put on food; not very appetizing in my opinion but Brazilians love it!
My husband once met an American woman who loved farofa and put it on everything. I would like to meet this woman because to be honest I don’t get it. Farofa doesn’t really add anything to the meal for me and the food is just as good without it. So why do most Americans hate farofa? I’m sure it is a cultural thing; if farofa was made out of trans fats covered in high-fructose corn syrup I’m sure Americans would love it. Maybe one day I will learn to love farofa but for now I am good without it. However, I do encourage Americans to at least try it once and form your own opinion and who knows maybe I am wrong and farofa will be the next ketchup.