Puerto Rican Culture : Puerto Rico

1564 Words Jan 4th, 2016 7 Pages
Puerto Rico Puerto Rico is one of the twenty-eight Caribbean island nations and is slightly smaller than the state of Connecticut. Its climate is tropical, rainy, and warm. The population of the island is 3,994,259 and its capital is San Juan (Atienza, Cardona). According to the 2008 U.S. Census, America is home to over 4 million Puerto Ricans, 25 percent of them living in New York with an estimated 900,000 living in New York City (Kittler, Sucher, Nelms 263). Since there is such a large amount of Puerto Ricans living within New York, their food and culture have made an impact on the cuisine of these highly populous cities. There are many restaurants in New York City along with other major cities that include traditional Puerto Rican foods which will be discussed throughout the paper. Puerto Rican culture is extremely interesting and worth reading about! Puerto Rican cuisine includes a decently wide array of options including different animals, crops, beverages, and plants. There are no well-known inedible foods in Puerto Rico. The animals most commonly eaten in Puerto Rico include chicken, pork sausage, turkey, beef, pork chops, spare ribs, and marinated pork. The animals most common to Puerto Rico are chickens, cattle, pigs, horses, goats, sheep, mules, and asses (Magaly). Fish is also eaten, but in smaller quantities than other meats (Syracuse). Daily diets of Puerto Ricans usually include rice, beans, starchy vegetables, sofrito, and bacalao (Kittler, Sucher, Nelms…
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