History of the Arepas
Until the 1950′s, when AREPERAS (joints or restaurants serving AREPAS to the public) were a few, AREPAS were eaten primarily as a bread or side to food. When AREPERAS started growing in popularity, people became more innovative with their fillings. Initially the filled AREPA was referred to as “TOSTADA” but now it is simply called a filled AREPA or AREPA RELLENA. The fillings vary and there are no rules (just like with any sandwich, fillings are endless). Some recipes have now become tradition.