Gallus gallus domesticus
CAIPIRA (literally “from the countryside”) is the classification used to designate a free-range chicken raised naturally, that is, not fed on industrialized food, but on grains and vegetables, and not receiving any hormones to force its weight gain. It is believed that the way animals are raised and the food they eat influence the quality of their meat, which is healthier and tastier. For the same reasons, free-range eggs are also more valued in the market. In the classic Brazilian recipe Galinhada, a traditional country-side dish, the bird is braised slowly with tomatoes, onion, rice and cheiro-verde (chopped flat-leaf parsley and green onions / scallion).