Caldo verde

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Caldo verde
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Place of originPortugal
Region or stateMinho Province
Main ingredientsKale, potatoes
Traditional caldo verde

Caldo verde (pronounced [ˈkaɫdu ˈveɾðɨ], Portuguese for "green broth") is a popular soup in Portuguese cuisine.[1]

The basic traditional ingredients for caldo verde use collard greens (or alternatively other leafy greens such as kale or mustard greens), potatoes, olive oil, black pepper and salt.[2][3] Garlic and onion are traditionally added as well. Some recipes add meat, such as ham hock, making it similar to Italo-American wedding soup. The soup is usually accompanied by slices of paio, chouriço or linguiça (boiled separately with that water being discarded, the sausage added last minute to the soup), and with Portuguese broa corn-bread or rye-bread for dipping.[4] In Portugal, caldo verde is typically consumed during Portuguese celebrations, such as weddings, birthdays, and popular celebrations. For example, the St. John festival, in Braga or Porto. It is sometimes consumed before a main course meal or as a late supper. This soup is served in a tigela, a traditional earthenware bowl.[5] In 2011, following the result of a public vote. Caldo Verde was announced as one of Portugal’s Seven Wonders of Gastronomy.[6] A public contest to decide dishes of great value to Portuguese tradition, heritage, and food production.[7]


Caldo verde originated from the Minho Province in northern Portugal.[8] Today, it is a traditional national favourite that has spread across the nation and abroad, especially to places where a large community of Portuguese migrants have settled such as Brazil, Massachusetts, New Jersey, and Rhode Island. References to the soup appear in many novels by Camilo Castelo Branco.

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  1. ^ Ilídio Lacerda (December 2009). The Secrets of Portuguese Cookery. BoD – Books on Demand. pp. 31–. ISBN 978-3-8391-4529-6. Retrieved 24 August 2013.
  2. ^ The Illustrated Cook's Book of Ingredients. The Illustrated Cook's Book of Ingredients. DK Publishing. 2010. p. 193. ISBN 978-0-7566-7673-5. Retrieved April 2, 2017.
  3. ^ "Portuguese Caldo Verde with Broa de Milho". The San Diego Participant Observer. Retrieved 2020-06-23.
  4. ^ Crescent Dragonwagon (2007). The Cornbread Gospels. Workman Publishing. pp. 103–. ISBN 978-0-7611-1916-6. Retrieved 24 August 2013.
  5. ^ "Na Cozinha do Vítor: Caldo Verde". 16 March 2019.
  6. ^ Maravilhas da Gastronomia. Retrieved 18 September 2021.
  7. ^ Caldo Verde. Retrieved 18 September 2021.
  8. ^ Walter C. Opello (1991). Portugal. Westview Press. p. 6. ISBN 978-0-8133-0488-5. Retrieved 24 August 2013.