Use this infographic of food from Latin America to practice vocabualry and learn about culture.

Many foods originated in Latin America and then spread around the globe, becoming essential ingredients of world cuisines. Learning about food from Latin America is an opportunity to learn language, geography and culture.

I’m happy to be participating in the Multicultural Kid Blogs Hispanic Heritage Month celebration. You’ll find a fabulous giveaway at the end of the post, so be sure to enter.

The infographic below is a tool for talking about food from Latin America with Spanish learners. I chose a selection of familiar foods, but there are others like quinoa, vanilla and lima beans that you may want to mention too.

Experts generally agree on the origin for the foods I chose. However, even with this limited set, origin isn’t straightforward, and our knowledge is constantly evolving. Some plants have two independent origins, while others originated in one place and were cultivated in another. For example, the Mapuche and Huilliche Indians of Chile first cultivated strawberries. These plants were later transported to England and crossed with another variety to develop the garden strawberry.

These general categories of origin for food from Latin America serve well for language learning purposes. If students are interested in learning more, there are excellent resources online. The interactive map Origin of Crops from the International Center for Tropical Agriculture is a good place to start.

You can find more activities with Spanish food vocabulary here. In addition, these different ways to say delicious are a good way to expand a discussion of food words.  Both these sets of activities about fruit in Spanish and vegetables in Spanish include picture cards and a beautiful video.

These are the foods from Latin America on the infographic and picture cards:

Mexico and Central America

Maíz – Corn
Aguacate – Avocado
Calabaza – Pumpkin
Chile – Chile Pepper
Papaya – Papaya
Chocolate – Chocolate
Tomate – Tomato

South America

Papa – Potato
Maní/Cacahuate – Peanut
Fresa – Strawberry
Camote – Sweet potato
Piña – Pineapple

Food From Latin America Infographic

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Use this food from Latin America infographic to practice vocabualry and learn about culture.

Learn Vocabulary with Food From Latin America

Infographic

You can use the infographic to practice question words and vocabulary related to the food from Latin America. These are examples of the kinds of questions you can ask students.

¿Te gusta el aguacate?
¿De dónde viene la calabaza?
¿Cuál es una comida que viene de Sudamérica?
¿Cuál de las comidas de Sudamérica te gusta mucho?
¿Cuál de las comidas de Sudamérica es roja, dulce y pequeña?
¿Cuál de las comidas se asocia con el otoño? (¿Con Halloween?)
¿Cuál de las comidas se usa para preparar tortillas? ¿Para preparar guacamole?
¿Para preparar una salsa picante?

Picture Cards

  • Print 2 copies of the picture cards and play Memory to practice vocabulary.
  • Sort the picture cards onto maps of Mexico – Central America and South America.  Mention each food as you sort: La papa viene de Sudamérica.

Traditional Foods

  • Identify traditional dishes made from the food from Latin America on the infographic (corn tortillas, guacamole, salsa, tamales, etc.)
  • Learn more about traditional dishes made from these foods such as papas a la huancaina, picarones, or mole.

Picture Cards of Food From Latin America

You can download picture cards of the food from Latin America here.

Use these picture cards of food from Latin America for vocabulary activities with kids.

Learning about food from Latin America is an excellent way to recognize Hispanic Heritage Month. Another great way to celebrate is by entering the Hispanic Heritage Month giveaway below, sponsored by Multicultural Kid Blogs.

Hispanic Heritage Month Series 2017 | Multicultural Kid BlogsWe are so excited for our sixth annual Hispanic Heritage Month series and giveaway! Through the month (September 15 – October 15), you’ll find great resources to share Hispanic Heritage with kids, plus you can enter to win in our great giveaway and link up your own posts on Hispanic Heritage!

September 15
Embracing Diversity on Multicultural Kid Blogs: 10 Fun Facts About Dominican Republic

September 18
Spanish Mama: Nazca Lines – Exploratory Art Project

September 19
Hispanic Mama: Fun Ways to Celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month with Your Children

September 20
Inspired by Family: 16 Great Children’s Books About South America

September 21
Spanish Mama: Folk Songs in Spanish

September 25
Spanish Playground

September 26
All Done Monkey

September 27
Discovering the World Through My Son’s Eyes

September 29
Pura Vida Moms on Multicultural Kid Blogs

October 2
Discovering the World Through My Son’s Eyes on Multicultural Kid Blogs

October 5
Spanglish House

October 6
Mama Tortuga

Don’t miss all of the great posts from previous years as well: 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016

Hispanic Heritage Month Giveaway!

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Grand Prize

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From Mariana Iranzi: A digital copy of her new CD Primavera
From Cathy Fink & Marcy Marxer: A print copy of Cántale a tu bebé with music download – US Shipping Only
From 123 Andrés: A copy of the CD Arriba Abajo (digital copy if outside the US)
From Spanish Playground: Set of books, crafts, and toys from Latin America – US Shipping Only
From Carole P. Roman: Set of If You Were Me and Lived In… books on Mexico, Brazil, Cuba, Peru, Portugal, and the Mayan Empire – US Shipping Only
From Mister G: A copy of the new CD Mundo Verde/Green World (digital copy if outside the US)
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From Gus on the Go: Spanish Alphabet Print (US Shipping Only) & single-use promo code for Spanish for kids language app

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From 123 Andrés: A copy of the CD Uno, Dos, Tres, Andrés! (digital copy if outside the US)
From Spanish Playground: Set of books, crafts, and toys from Latin America – US Shipping Only
From Carole P. Roman: Set of If You Were Me and Lived In… books on Mexico, Brazil, Cuba, Peru, Portugal, and the Mayan Empire – US Shipping Only
From Mister G: A copy of the new CD Mundo Verde/Green World (digital copy if outside the US)
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From Carole P. Roman: Set of If You Were Me and Lived In… books on Mexico, Brazil, Cuba, Peru, Portugal, and the Mayan Empire – US Shipping Only
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