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Article: Peruvian Cuisine

Peruvian cuisine is now known to be among the most varied in the world. The country grows a large variety of fruits and vegetables throughout the year. Thanks to local Peru geography offers at least 8 different climates (desert along the coast. steep and high mountains. and the Amazon basin). In Lima. due to its history as an important Spanish colonial port. the dishes are a mixture of Amerindian. Spaniard. African. Asian and even Italian influences that contribute to the ever changing platos criollos or Creole dishes. Rice and potatoes are a staple ingredient within the local lima cuisine so you can expect many dishes to include them. in the Sierra or highland it's corn and potatoes. and in the Jungle yucca another kind of tuber.

 Meat is traditionally included in most Peruvian dishes. Chicken (pollo). pork. sheep and beef are all common in Peruvian dishes; however in the highland region you will also find Alpaca meat. they are mostly kept for wool. You will find that alpaca meat is rather tough and might have a strong flavor. An Andean delicacy is guinea pig (cuy). it is prepared in many different ways but the most common presentation is usually a whole one fried.  The appearance might not be all that inviting but the taste is superb and a definite must for brave travelers willing to try new things. Peruvian cuisine includes dishes which use various organs and entrails such as ‘anticuchos’; a kebab sort of say made from beef heart and marinated in a spicy sauce or ‘cau cau’ a dish made from tripe.

Fish can be found along the coast where they of course specialize in utilizing this natural resource.  One of Peru’s signature dishes is the Peruvian style ‘ceviche’ (which varies according to section in Peru) but for the most part it contains fresh fish marinated in lime juice along with spices (the spices are usually what vary).  Remember not to dig into Peruvian cuisine right away upon arrival; most stomachs need to gradually adjust to the condiments used. 

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