Data, which celebrates a typical dish, was proposed by Gugu Nader; celebration takes place, for the first time, this Saturday, 3

Data, which celebrates a typical dish, was proposed by Gugu Nader; celebration takes place, for the first time, this Saturday, 3
Data, which celebrates a typical dish, was proposed by Gugu Nader; celebration takes place, for the first time, this Saturday, 3
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This February 3rd, the State Day of Pamonha Goiana is celebrated for the first time. Established by Law no. 22,535/23the annual celebration is an initiative of Gugu Nader (Agir) and coincides with the beginning of the corn harvest.

The act of eating goes beyond a simple physiological need. Food is affection, memory and culture, and the eating habits of a community carry traditions passed down between generations and reflect the history of the region.

It is worth remembering that the gastronomy and culture of Goiás pamonha are considered Intangible Cultural Heritage of Goiás by Law no. 21,729/22, authored by deputy Colonel Adailton (Solidarity). In the same sense, at the suggestion of Amilton Filho (MDB), Jesúpolis holds the title of Capital of Goiana da Pamonha. Furthermore, the Festa da Pamonha de Cocalzinho de Goiás and the Pamonhada de Jesúpolis are on the State’s Civic Cultural Calendar.

In Goiás, the delicacy is so consumed that it is possible to buy it not only in tamale shops, but also in supermarkets, restaurants and fairs, for example. And the act of bringing together a group of people to make and consume pamonha has a specific name: pamonhada, an event that takes on a social character by bringing together families and entire cities. The food still refers to life in the countryside and has won its place in the hearts and on the tables of Goiás residents.

”Tamonhada is a custom that is still alive in the interior and is already rare in cities. The act of eating, as anthropologists have already proven, has an important social significance. It reinforces common bonds and helps preserve the collective memory transmitted from father to son”, points out Adailton.

In Gugu Nader’s view, “pamonha is one of the main symbols of Goiás cuisine along with pequi and pit-dog, no longer just a delicacy but part of the State’s cultural characteristics”.

Origins

Tamale is a product derived from corn, a cereal with high energy value originating in Mexico and consumed by pre-Columbian civilizations. The food is especially rich in carbohydrates and, despite not being an essential source of these nutrients, it also has vitamins B1, B2, E and pantothenic acid, as well as minerals such as phosphorus and potassium.

Due to the possibility of use in both the food industry (human and animal) and in chemistry and mechanics, corn is one of the main agricultural crops in Brazil. In 2023, according to the National Supply Company (Conab), it recorded the highest absolute growth among all grain crops, in Goiás, with an estimated volume of 12.6 million tons.

According to the book “History of Food in Brazil”, by Câmara Cascudo, the name pamonha comes from the Tupi language and means sticky and sticky. The delicacy is the result of indigenous culinary heritage, but there is no consensus on its exact location of origin. It is consumed in different regions of the country and each state has its own specific recipe.

According to 2022 data from the Goiás Commercial Board, there are more than 11 thousand pamonarias registered throughout the State. The majority are in Goiânia, followed, in descending order, by Aparecida de Goiânia, Anápolis, Rio Verde and Águas Lindas de Goiás.

In Goiás, the basic ingredient is grated green corn and preparations vary in the amount of sugar and/or salt, type of fat used (animal or vegetable) and other ingredients that may or may not be incorporated such as cheese, sausage, coconut, pepper , meat, jiló, among others.

In general terms, the dough made from grated corn is combined with hot oil and, to the mixture, salt or sugar and the other ingredients are added. The contents go into a “bundle” made from the corn straw itself, which is tied to prevent it from leaking and then placed to cook in boiling water.

Celebration

In celebration of Pamonha Goiana Day, Gugu Nader, famous for organizing the “panelões”, will promote, in Itumbiara, this Saturday, the 3rd, the Pamonha Goiana Festival.

For the occasion, the deputy ordered 25 thousand ears of corn and 200 kilos of cheese, aiming to produce more than 20 thousand units of the delicacy. The objective is to set the record for the “largest pamonhada in the world”.

The event will take place in the parking lot on Rua Santa Rita, in the center of Itumbiara, with the festivities scheduled to start at 10 am. In addition to food, the festival will feature live music.

The article is in Portuguese

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