MIGRATION OF PLANTS

The Portuguese were responsible for introducing a variety of foods to India. In 1500, during a voyage from Lisbon to India, a Portuguese caravel under Captain Castro, strayed in the ocean and reached Brazil. This led to the colonization of Brazil. Brazil became a stop-over for every voyage from Portugal to Goa. A number of food items were brought to Goa from Brazil, and vice-versa. Chillies, cashew, capsicum, potato, pineapple, custard apple, guava, papaya, sweet potato and peanuts among others reached Goa, while coconut, mango, pepper, sugarcane and many other spices found their way to the Brazilian shores.