Peruvian food has
achieved fame through culinary magazines and travel
magazines. Their efforts have certainly paid off.
Nov 1, 2011 - Frommer's votes Lima, Peru the top Food & Drink Destination for 2012.
The Peruvians have perfected the preparation of many different kinds of foods including, but certainly not limited to all sorts of fishes and shellfish, duck, lamb, pork, hundreds of vegetables and many thick, rich sauces.
Peruvian cuisine is
famous for its soups and stews (like the savory
that are filled with vegetables and meat. They like to use many colorful and
flavorful foods and herbs to create the broth for theser delectable
Having easy access to the
the original Peruvian tribes were able to make many dishes from fish,
and even algae. There were also feasts made from specially
prepared dolphin and sea lions.
The inhabitants of coastal
Peru learned to use algae both fresh as a preservative and
as a sweet herb. The blue alga was sweet enough to be dried, crushed
and used like granulated sugar.
Carrots, corn and chili
peppers were used in many of their favorite dishes. Yellow
peppers were used to add color to their foods and for flavor.
Initially only the nobles
were allowed to partake in meals containing alpacas. The common
people were allowed to feast on Guinea
According to the nobles the alpacas had to be at least three years old
before they could be consumed, but since Guinea pigs multiplied so
rapidly they were much more plentiful.
Guinea pigs are still
served today, called Cuy, and they are prepared both fried
Only the Emperor and his
closest family members were allowed fresh fish and wild duck.
These dishes are all incorporated in current Peruvian cuisine. Peruvian
cuisine is famous for the wonderful ways these foods are prepared.
- Cuisine Capital of the Western Hemisphere
It has taken generations for the Peruvian
people to fine tune their culinary creations, and it has certainly paid
off for them. Their dedication to the culinary arts has allowed
Peruvian cuisine to receive recognition from some world renowned food
Of course Peruvian cuisine has adapted some
dishes as time has passed, but Peruvian chefs are very artful in
preparing seafood, fruits, and vegetables. They have also incorporated
some of the techniques from Italy and some from the Spanish.
Peruvian food artists have worked to meld the flavors of many types of
cuisine to create their own award winning Peruvian foods.
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