That’s right, the ancient inhabitants of the Caribbean called corn “erepa”, the main ingredient in this delicious dish. There is also the version that it is named after the “aripo”, an indigenous utensil used to cook corn.
The first records of the arepas are from 3 thousand years ago!
The arepa is considered a pre-Columbian food, made with ground dried corn. It has a circular and flattened shape. It is consumed in a traditional way in the gastronomy of the countries of South America. Due to migratory changes, different recipes have been exchanged and there are several similarities with the pupusas, gorditas and tortillas from Central America and Mexico.