There are many ways to travel, to dive in another culture, and one of the most amazing ways is gastronomy: flavors, aromas… and all the tradition of a country in different colors and textures. Peru has become a magnet for tourists: according to experts, peruvian cuisine is the ultimate attraction.
The US food guru Eric Asimov, from The New York Times, has described its gastronomy as one of the most important of the world, and a great example of fusion cuisine. In fact, the country’s top restaurant, Central, located in Lima, was number 4 in San Pellegrino’s global restaurant rankings of last year. The guide considers that Central offers “a culinary expedition through Peru’s ecosystem, from the Amazon to the Pacific coast”.
In 1960 Peruvian elite didn’t eat its typical dishes, since the chic thing was to have their own French chef. This has changed nowadays, and local cuisine has been recognized inside the country and around the world. Rafael Osterling, well known as one of Peru’s top chefs, explained to The Independent the growth of peruvian cuisine: “Peru has been reborn politically, economically and even culturally. It has been like a phoenix rising from the ashes”.
The Andes Cuisine in Peru
The Andean country’s cuisine reflects the rich tradition and cultural diversity of the country, that includes indigenous ingredients and also the influence of european immigration.
The main ingredients of Peruvian dishes are corn, potatoes, quinoa and vegetables. Chef Gaston Acurio is well known for having raised awareness about this local base of ingredients. Corn, for example, is not an invention of this country, but Peru has more than 55 types of this grain, available in many different colours and textures.
One of the most typical and delightful dishes in South America, and specially known in Peru, is Ceviche. It is based on marinated raw fish, with all the flavour of the sea. Ceviche can be served in many variations, garnished with citrus along with onions, chillies, salt and pepper. Other typical complements are corn or potatoes.
The best desserts are “turrón de doña pepa”, “tejas de Ica” and “Picarón”. For those who prefer healthy food, Peruvian Amazon offers an incredible variety of exotic fruits and vegetables that are easily found in the main important cities, like Lima and Cuzco. Pisco Sour is one of their typical delicious cocktails that can be the perfect drink to finish a high end dinner. Don’t hesitate to contact us to ask for a tailor-made trip that suit your schedule, budget, and interests. Our DMC is available for travelers and operators.