We are honoring Hispanic Heritage Month this October by recognizing the importance of grain-based foods throughout the Hispanic culture.
Latin America is home to many grains, so it’s no surprise it’s one of the most consumed foods in the Latin American Heritage Diet. The types of grains most frequently found in traditional Hispanic cuisine are corn, rice, amaranth, and quinoa. Being harvested for centuries in Latin American countries has made these grains a staple in most Hispanic foods and dishes – from tortillas to tamales, and alegria to arroz con pollo.
Not only are grains typically found in the Latin American diet extremely versatile – and don’t forget tasty – they are proven to be highly nutritious. Hispanics are higher risk for many chronic diseases, such as diabetes, kidney disease, and high cholesterol; however, due to the numerous health benefits received from grains, it is essential that they are remain a staple in the Hispanic diet as they aid in overall health.
Foods originated from Hispanic heritage have been passed down by families, with many traditional recipes evolving over the years but keeping their cultural flare. Try a few of these delicious and nutritious traditional and Hispanic-inspired recipes featuring some of your favorite Latin American grains:
Vegetable and Shrimp Spanish Rice
Alegria (Mexican Popped Amaranth Candy)