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Place of originPortugal, Galicia
Main ingredientsCornmeal, wheat or rye flour, yeast

Broa ([ˈbɾowɐ] or [ˈbɾoɐ]) is a type of maize and rye bread traditionally made in Portugal, Galicia, Angola, Mozambique, Cape Verde and Brazil, however in those countries it is more closely related to cornbread and its original recipe from Native Americans, where it is traditionally seasoned with fennel. Broa (mostly not in Brazil) is made from a mixture of cornmeal and rye or wheat flour, and is leavened with yeast rather than baking powder or baking soda.

The Portuguese word broa, cognate with the Spanish word borona, comes from the Celtic word boruna.[1][2]

In Portugal, broa de milho, like broa de Avintes, is a type of broa listed on the Ark of Taste. This yeast bread has the rustic flavor and texture that suitably accompanies soups, especially caldo verde, a Portuguese soup made with tender kale, potatoes, and chouriço sausages.

In the Philippines, broa (or broas) traditionally refer to ladyfingers, and not to a type of cornbread.[3][4][5] Additionally, in Guyana, broas are instead a style of sugar cookies (or biscuits), flavored with lime, cinnamon, and nutmeg.[6]

See also


  1. ^ Infopédia: broa
  2. ^ DLE RAE: borona
  3. ^ "Broas Recipe". Panlasang Pinoy. Archived from the original on 20 September 2020. Retrieved 3 April 2018.
  4. ^ "Filipino Food: Broas". Philippine Cuisine. Archived from the original on 3 April 2018. Retrieved 3 April 2018.
  5. ^ "Philippine Broas". Oggi. 23 February 2012. Retrieved 3 April 2018.
  6. ^ "Georgetown Lime Cookies (Broas) Recipe -". Retrieved 2019-10-21.