Peruvian Food

Interesting Things to Know About Peruvian Food

If you were only attracted to the wildlife and beautiful natural scenery of Peru, it is time you discovered more. Peru has over 30 microclimates, seashores, mountains, desert, and the Amazonian tropical forest which increase food options. The depth of Peruvian food has attracted global attention in the recent past. These are some of the things that you should know about Peruvian food.

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Over 3,000 types of potatoes

Potatoes adapt and grow at a fast rate in Peru making them quite popular in European countries. Currently, people cannot imagine living without potatoes. Peru’s Instituto Peruano de la Papa is the birthplace of potatoes in Peru where over 3,000 varieties of potatoes are grown. These potatoes come in different colors and shapes. The most important thing about their potatoes is that they are not genetically modified.

Peruvian Potato

Guinea pig

Guinea pigs have been a delicacy in Peru for a long time. They are grilled in an open fire. This food is characterized by spices. Although some people consider guinea pigs as pets, people in Peru do not see the meat different from beef or pork. We Prepare Guinea pig (Cuy) together in a Pachamanca Barbecue in all alternative treks.

Cuy - Guinea Pig

Corn (Maiz Morado)

Besides potatoes, corn is everywhere. Just like potatoes, there are different types of corn. The most expensive type of corn is the purple Maiz Morado. People eat corn in meals or as a snack. For example, the Choclo has large kernels and thus is toasted in oil to make the crispy snack cancha. It can as well be consumed after sun-drying. There is also corn juice which is produced to make chicha beverage.

Maiz Morado


Similar to Chinese food

Peruvian cuisine for several decades has been shaped by various external influences such as Spanish and Asian immigrants. The most notable influence is Chinese food. In cities such as Lima, Peruvian-Chinese hybrid food (Chifa cuisine) is offered. Other foods that demonstrate cross-cultural influences are French fries, beef steak stir-fry, and Lomo Saltado. Our Trekking chefs are highly to prepare dishes as good as the best restaurant in Peru.

Lomo Saltado

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