Non-alcoholic, clarified, sterilized and made from cashew-fruit juice, with a yellowy-amber colour from the caramelization of the juice’s natural sugars, cajuína is a traditional drink in Northeast Brazil. Produced and consumed in the states of Maranhão, Ceará and Piauí.
Introduced in Brazil by the Portuguese colonizers, it was known as Entrudo during the first centuries of colonial life. In this period, they used to throw lime and lemon fragrance and powder and containers of water and other liquids over one another.
The prime material to make cassava (jatropha manihot) flour is a plant from the Euphorobiacea family, a well-known and widely cultivated tuber used by Indians in alimental products, as the Portuguese found on their arrival to Brazil.
It is a fairly lamentable song or hum, a slow melody, well suited to the slow plodding of animals, always finished with a phrase to stimulate the cattle: ei boi! (hey, bull!) boi surubim! ei lá, boizinho! (hey there, little bull!).
This dance, typical of coastal regions, is known throughout the North and Northeast of Brazil. Some researchers, however, claim that it was born in the sugarcane mills, later going to the coast.