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Arepas with fried eggs

Arepa is a food that came from the pre-Columbian era. It is made by using cornmeal and forming the dough into a circle. It is known to be eaten in Colombia and Venezuela.[1][2] It can also have fillings like sliced cheese, meat, and some vegetables.

Arepas are also commonly eaten in places full of Hispanic immigrants like the Canary Islands,[3][4] and some American cities like New York City.[5]

It is thought that the word arepa came from the extinct Cumanagoto word erepa, meaning cornbread.[6][7]


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There are some arepas made with wheat flour that are popular in Venezuelan states like Táchira.[8]


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  6. Vargas, Miguel Felipe Dorta (2016-06-02). ¡Viva la arepa!: Sabor, memoria e imaginario social en Venezuela (in Spanish). Editorial Alfa. ISBN 978-84-16687-66-4.
  7. Rivera, Marcela. "The DNA Of: Arepas". www.amexessentials.com. Retrieved 2021-07-17.
  8. "Cómo hacer arepas andinas | Arepas de trigo". Recetas ABC (in Spanish). 2016-08-24. Retrieved 2021-08-02.