Eu como legumes pra chuchu. E você? = I eat a lot of vegetables. And you?
Chuchu = chayote.
Pra chuchu is a Brazilian Portuguese street smart expression that means “a lot”, “very”. It is said that the expression was created because chayote grows abundantly almost anywhere in Brazil.
Here are some more examples:
- Estudei pra chuchu para o teste de Português = I studied a lot for the Portuguese quiz.
- Tinha gente pra chuchu na festa. = There was a lot of people at the party.
- A festa foi boa pra chuchu! = The party was very good.
- Gasolina é cara pra chuchu em São Francisco = Gas is very expensive in San Francisco.
Chayote can be found all over Brazil. It is rich in fibers and low in calories, and has diuretic and anti-inflammatory properties.
I remember my grandma’s tea recipe using chuchu: Infuse the chayote leaves or the fruit for a few minutes and drink it. She believed that it could help in the treatment of high blood pressure and kidney stones. Please have in mind that I am only sharing a family tea recipe, and this is not a medical advice.
Although chayote is a fruit, it is mostly used as a vegetable in Brazilian cuisine. It’s a key ingredient in many hot salads, soups, and soufflés. For a recipe of chayote soufflé click here.
To learn the vocabulary of other vegetables and grains that are part of the Brazilian cuisine, check out the new set of flashcards below.
I hope you like it pra chuchu!
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