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BC: Adios Amigos

FC: WiLLIAM Rector Bell 1B

1: Its unique among the nations of South America. Bolivia is one of two landlocked countries on the continent, and Bolivia is more rural than urban. In some parts of Bolivia it contains valleys, and lowlands. Bolivia geography changes in different parts of the country. | Geography | It affects the production of food I many ways, because of Bolivia’s many different altitudes, it is different on what kind of vegetables and fruits people can grow in certain places. Also with the different land features, it could make it difficult to grow anything.


3: Lets Eat! | The weather in Bolivia can vary drastically from one climatic zone to another. The summer months in Bolivia are November through March. The weather is typically warmer and wetter during these months. April through October, the winter months, are typically colder and drier. | The warm weathers in Bolivia make it easier to grow fruits and vegetables, in Bolivia everywhere you look there are people trying to sell fruits. They have big fruits and vegetable stands. In the winter, it can get cold in some parts of Bolivia because of the altitude, which makes it harder to grow fruits and vegetables.

4: Some of the main agricultural products in Bolivia are potatoes, corn, and pea weas. That is some of any other things that Bolivia grows. the religion of the country is roman catholic

5: Spanish is the main and official language of Bolivia. However there are some 39 other living languages used in the country spoken by people in different regions. Examples include Aymara, Chiquitano, Chiriguano and Guyara. Some 50% of the population have an indigenous language as their mother tongue.Bolivian Spanish as a result of mixing with its indigenous rivals differs from region to region. The vocabulary and pronunciation differs according to where in Bolivia you are, i.e. highlands (Altiplano and valleys) or the lowlands (Santa Cruz, Beni and Pando).

6: During most of the Spanish colonial period, this territory was called “Upper Peru” or “Charcas” and was under the authority of the Viceroy of Lima. Local government came from the Audiencia de Charcas located in Chuquisaca (La Plata--modern-day Sucre). Bolivian silver mines produced much of the Spanish empire’s wealth. Potosi, site of the famed Cerro Rico--“Rich Mountain”--was, for many years, the largest city in the Western Hemisphere. As Spanish royal authority weakened during the Napoleonic wars, sentiment against colonial rule grew. Independence was proclaimed in 1809. Sixteen years of struggle followed before the establishment of the republic, named after Simon Bolivar, on August 6, 1825.Independence did not bring stability. For nearly 60 years, short-lived, weak institutions and frequent coups characterized Bolivian politics. | HISTORY

7: Many Bolivians are very superstitious. They will often try an old custom to cure a sick person or visit a traditional healer before seeking modern medical attention. Families are very close-knit. Extended families almost always live together, particularly in the country. Grandparents, parents, children, and often many aunts and uncles or multiple families will share a home. Bolivians are typically very curious. They will often ask how much someone gets paid or how much an item cost. This is not considered to be rude in their culture; however it’s usually advisable not to share that information with them. Bolivians are very friendly and talkative. They enjoy having a conversation with people from another culture. They will usually ask many questions. If you have a question or need help, they’re always willing to offer a hand. | Customs | Ways of Living

8: in La Paz, Dancers dance the “tarqueada” when the potato fields have begun to bloom to request rain and proper climactic conditions for a good harvest. Also celebrated in small towns in the departments of Oruro, Cochabamba, Potosi, Sucre, Tarija and Beni.

9: Buñuelos, like many other, are made differently in different part of the country, and, sometimes, are called by different names. usually eaten during breakfest Api morado (purple api) is made from purple corn. Similar to api blanco, it is served at breakfast time. It’s thick and hearty and can be served hot or cold. Customarily we accompany any type of api with an empanada or other pastry.

10: Put all ingredients in a large casserole, except potatoes. Mix very well. Add potatoes so that they are on top of all other ingredients. Cook over low heat for two to three hours. In a deep serving plate, serve a piece of chicken, potato and corn round slices with enough broth. | Picana de Pollo | Saisi | This hearty stew like dish is sure to be a crowd pleaser due to the simplicity of the ingredients and the attractive display of colors. As in any typical Bolivian dish many flavorful spices will leave your taste buds satisfied long after the meal. The original preparation requires a half cup of chopped spicy peppers. When preparing it for my children I substitute this fiery goodness with a tablespoon of paprika to make it a mild mix. Use your favorite fresh spicy peppers if you prefer the hot stuff.

11: South American treat made by mixing powdered rice, whole milk, sugar and cinnamon and boiling the whole mixture until it turns into a thick, sticky, creamy paste that is often served on cookies, mixed into ice cream or even eaten plain. It’s popular from Colombia to Argentina, and is also known as “dulce de leche,” or “milk candy.” It very closely resembles caramel in texture, color and flavor, although it’s usually not as dense. | Helado de Canela

12: "Our memories of the ocean will linger on, long after our footprints in the sand are gone." | Plantains Green: starchy, bland, must be cooked Yellow: partially ripe, sweeter, must be cooked Black: ripe, sweet Appearance: longer than bananas, thicker skin Preparation: can be fried, baked, drilled, boiled or steamed | Herbs and Spices

13: Oregano is a hardy perennial that may need winter protection to survive in the colder zone in northern Illinois. It may grow two feet tall with a rounded, sprawling spread of 18 inches. White or pinkish-purple flower spikelets appear in mid to late summer. The cultivar ‘Aureum’ has golden yellow leaves and develops into an 8–10 inch mound. Use oregano in Spanish, Italian and Mexican cooking.

14: One of the more unusual fruits from Bolivia is Pacay. Pacay is actually a legume, a giant peapod that grows on a tree. The trees are 60 feet tall or larger. Inside the pod are large black seeds (don't eat those) nestled in a bed of fluffy white "fruit" (this is the part you eat). The fluffy white insides are like sweet wet cotton candy. It is sometimes called the ice cream bean.

15: Cumin (pronounced "comein") is the pale green seed of Cuminum cyminum, a small herb in the parsley family. The seed is uniformly eliptical and deeply furrowed.

16: Paprika is considered a sweet spice.. There is no single paprika pepper, rather paprika is made from a variety of red peppers. Because of this there is a variety of paprika to choose from ranging from sweet to spicy to bitter. There is Hungarian paprika which can be spicy or sweet, Spanish, Turkish and Moroccan paprika. Paprika goes well with many foods but it is especially nice with onions and tomatoes. Try using paprika as part of stew and soup bases, with potatoes, eggs, cheese, meat, fish, noodles, rice and vegetables. Fats such as olive oil, shortening, lard and butter help draw out the flavors from paprika. Cooking paprika for too long over very high heat tends to turn the spice bitter.

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