If you've been primed on Peruvian food, the conversation likely started with the country's mindboggling variety of potatoes. But culinarily speaking, Peru is the Hope Diamond of Latin America, home to dishes and flavors you won't find anywhere else. Here are 10 essential meals to dig into on your visit.
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You've seen the concept before: a New England clam bake, a Hawaiian luau, Mexican pit-cooked barbacoa. In Peru, it's all about the pachamanca, which means "earth oven" and translates to a big hole dug in the ground that cooks up an entire meal—the most delicious thing I've had all year.
Ceviche is one of the world's greatest celebrations of pristine, fresh fish. And as long as you can get your hands on good seafood, it's incredibly easy to make. Here's how.
Some compare the South American spirit to grappa, because both are distilled from grapes. Others relate it to tequila, as it often has similar herbal, earthy flavors. The truth is, comparisons to other liquors often fall flat because pisco has its own unique personality. We tasted through 25 different piscos, exploring what makes the category so wild and wonderful. Here are our 10 favorites.
I first heard the word "chicha" a few years ago when the folks behind one of my favorite breweries, Dogfish Head, traveled to Peru and back to make their version of the traditional beverage. You might have heard of this stuff before: chewing and spitting out corn is part of the process of making some times of this traditional drink. Enzymes in human saliva turn the starches in the corn into fermentable sugars, ready for brewing. Chicha morada, on the other hand, is not fermented, and is made by boiling purple corn with spices and pineapple rind.
Chile recently claimed that 99% of the world's potatoes came from potatoes native to Chile, but Peru doesn't agree, saying that Chile's potatoes are actually derived from Peruvian ones. "Experts say the disputes reflect lingering historical tensions between the Andean neighbors."...
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