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Peru Food Enjoy the Spice of Peru
Peru food is considered by many to be the best in South America. Traditional Peru food includes spicy hot peppers and garlic. Peruvians have an excellent resource for their fine Peru food, since there are over 2,000 indigenous potatoes alone. Some of the basic ingredients used in a typical meal include Aji (similar to chili peppers), Limon (local lemons), Arroz (rice), and of course potatoes. Typically, potatoes and rice are served with every meal (which may seem odd to many tourists and foreigners). Peru Food is typically divided into three main cuisine zones. Environments
The first main cuisine zone is called the Criolla y Marinero, or coastal zone. This zone is known for its famous dish, which happens to be the national dish of Peru: ceviche. This dish consists of seafood marinated in lemon, Aji, coriander, and garlic. The best way to experience this dish is to try it for yourself, but it is best described as "refreshing". Also in this coastal zone is the aji de gallina dish, which is a dish that consists of chicken, walnuts, and parmesan. This dish is very creamy, and is similar to korma. No matter which dish you experience, coastal cuisine is known for its thick, rich sauces and taste!
The second cuisine zone is known simply as the Highland cuisine. This area focuses on the spices and refreshing taste of their foods, as opposed to the thick sauce of the coastal zone food. Traditional dishes in this zone include alpaca, pachamanca, and rocoto relleno. Alpaca is a smaller version of a llama, but it's taste is beyond comparison. Alpaca has kind of a venison-like, pork-like, beef-like taste, truly something that you must experience on your own to truly appreciate it! Pachamanca is an excellent dish that consists of several different meats which are placed inside of a hole in the ground, with hot stones. This allows the juice from the meat to cook the meat itself, resulting in a very moist and tender meal. Lastly, rocoto relleno is similar to stuffed peppers that are common throughout the world. However, the unique thing about this dish is that the peppers have a bit of a kick to them, giving quite an experience.
The third cuisine zone is the jungle zone. This Peruvian zone is not well known for how it's food is prepared, but for the food itself. Owing thanks to the jungles which give this zone it's food- this zone's good food comes from the ingredients themselves, not the recipes. Chirimoya is a famous fruit from this zone, which looks like an avocado, but tastes like strawberries and cream! Inkicapi is the famous dish in this zone, which is a hot soup-like meal consisting of chicken, peanuts, coriander and yucca. A hot soup may not sound very appealing in a hot, humid jungle, but this dish is bound to leave you surprised- just try it!
Wen you've had enough of the local cuisine, and are ready for desert, you must try a local favorite: churros. Churros' main ingredients are corn, sugar, sugar, sugar, and sugar. Saying that this desert is sweet simply does not do it justice- this is a treat you must experience for yourself!
If you were to describe the Peru food in just one word, what would it be? Without a shadow of a doubt, that word would be surprise. If your international travel should take you by Peru, it would be a sin to not try some of these delicious dishes. Peru is full of adventure and pleasant surprises, and it's food is no exception. Should you be on the street looking for a Latin meal, Peru's many restaurants will not disappoint you.
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