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Get ready to explore the extravagance of South America as you learn more about Colombia! Scroll on to learn more about your Colombia crate's unique and flavorful snacks. Let the fiesta begin!

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Colombia is the second-most biodiverse country in the world. Over 63,000 plant and animal species live across the country.

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While fútbol (soccer) is the most popular sport in the country, Colombia’s national sport is Tejo. The sport involves throwing objects at a target.

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There are 60 national parks in Colombia. Corales del Rosario is the country’s most-visited national park.

Nicknamed the “gateway to South America,” Colombia is home to one of the most vibrant cultures in the world. Travel to this South American highlight, and you’ll find a range of spirited cultural influences. Colombia not only supports the second-largest population of Spanish-speaking individuals in the world but more than 70 distinctive languages are spoken across its territory. The country also contains a unique blend of interesting culinary, biological, and geographical characteristics.

Indigenous, Spanish, African, and Arabic roots define Colombian cuisine. On any menu in Colombia, you’ll find a selection of various stews, soups, grains, and grilled meats. Colombia is also famous for its blooming spread of exotic fruits. Visit a traditional Colombian market, and you’ll find a buffet of tasty fruits such as goldenberry, passion fruit, dragon fruit, granadilla, and others.

Aside from being a culinary and cultural powerhouse, Colombia also supports an impressive array of wild plants and animals. Colombia protects the second-largest level of biodiversity in the world. Among these 63,000 species of plants and animals are more than 1,900 species of birds, 800 species of amphibians, and 540 unique mammal species.

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Savor the taste of Colombia as you try this delicious and quick Cheese-Stuffed Arepa recipe!

Cheese-Stuffed Arepas

A staple of South American cuisine, arepas are a popular treat that has been enjoyed throughout Colombia for over 3,000 years. These tasty corn cakes are easy to make, endlessly delicious, and infinitely customizable. In addition to being consumed plain, arepas are also commonly stuffed with many fillings. The most common fillings used in traditional arepas included cheese, avocado, beans, and shredded chicken. Outside of Colombia, you’ll also find arepas enjoyed in Venezuela, Bolivia, Panama, and other South American countries.

Total time

50 minutes

Serves

3-5

Difficulty

Moderate

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Main Dish

  • 2 1/2 cups lukewarm water
  • 1 1/2 tsp salt
  • 4 ounces of mozzarella cheese, cut into 8 cubes
  • 2 cups pre-cooked white cornmeal
  • 1/4 cup vegetable oil

Instructions

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Step One

Stir together lukewarm water and salt in a large bowl.

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Step Two

After the salt dissolves completely, gradually stir in the cornmeal using your fingers until the mixture forms a malleable dough.

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Step Three

Form the dough into eight golf-ball-sized balls. Then, pat each ball to flatten it into a 5-inch-sized patty.

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Step Four

Put a cube of mozzarella in the middle of each patty. Fold the dough over the cheese and make sure it is completely covered. Next, pat each patty again until each is 3 inches wide.

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Step Five

Using a large skillet over medium heat, heat oil and fry the arepas until golden brown (4 to 5 minutes per side).

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Step Six

Transfer each arepa to a paper-towel-lined plate to drain until cool. Slice halfway through each arepa to form a pita-like pocket. Enjoy!

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