Food in Peru
Peruvian cuisine varies depending on where you are. Due to Peru’s ecological and climatic diversity the variety and supply of fresh produce is plentiful, there are many native Peruvian crops such as quinoa, potato, kiwicha, cacao and beans.
There are more than 2,500 varieties of potatoes native to the Andes. The potato is the main ingredient in Andean dishes. Potatoes was the main Inca food and today they are consumed by modern Andean communities in much the way it was prepared thousands of years ago.
Peruvian cuisine has been influenced by a variety of cultures brought by the arrival of immigrants from Spain, Africa, Italy, Japan and China. One of the most influential immigrant community is the Chinese who produced one of the most popular Peruvian gastronomical creations, Chifa. Chifa is a fusion of Chinese food adapted to local ingredients and accompanied by a local cola drink, Inka Cola.
The main staple foods in Peruvian cuisine are native Peruvian crops such as corn, beans and potatoes and its many varieties. The Spanish brought products such as rice and wheat which became staple foods and part of the culinary culture of Peru.
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In the Coast, seafood is the heart of its many dishes. Perhaps the most popular dish is ceviche.
Fried bananas is the most common garnish to every dish. Fresh water fish and local fruits are the base of many dishes.
Crops endemic to Peru have been consumed since pre-Colombian civilizations. The potato is the main ingredient in many Andean dishes.
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