Aji Amarillo is considered one of the most important ingredients in Peruvian cooking. It's used in the preparation of creams and sauces, and as addition to dishes such as Ají de Gallina and Causa Rellena.
Other names: seviche, sebiche, ceviche, cubiche.
it is a dish made from fresh fish and / or seafood and prepared with lime juice, sliced onion, salt and chilli pepper (aji). Cebiche is accompanied with slices of corn, boiled potatoes, yucca, and lettuce.
Maca is a root tuber native to the Andes. It grows well only at high altitudes and cold climates. For over 3,500 years, Maca has been an important traditional food and medicinal plant. Today, Maca is also known as ‘Peruvian ginseng’.
Since 2008, Lima hosts the largest food festival in South America, called Mistura. It's not just a food festival, but more of a week-long party where all Peruvians gather around pots and cookers to celebrate its traditional cuisine and cultural diversity. Half a million visitors attended this year’s Mistura.
It's believed that peanuts originated in South America and were first cultivated in the valleys of Peru. In 2007, a group of anthropologists working in northern Peru discovered the earliest-known evidence of peanut farming dating back 5,000 to 9,000 years.
Peru is the first and the largest producer and exporter of organic coffee in the world. In 2010, Peruvian coffee won the award of "the best specialty coffee in the world", beating producers from Colombia, Guatemala and Kenya.
The Moors introduced African limes to Spain, then Spanish "Moras" brought lime trees to Peru, where the ideal soil and climate conditions in the northern coast (Piura) allowed for their cultivation. In Peru, limes are synonymous with Ceviche and Pisco Sour.
Peru is home to 4000 plus varieties of potatoes, many of which are only found in Peru. The origins of the potatoes can be traced back to present day southern Peru, where it is believed to have been domesticated more than 8,000 years ago.
Once considered one of the most important food by Inca and pre-Inca civilizations, but overlooked for centuries by the rest of the world, Quinoa grain has recently been rediscovered as one of the most nutritionally complete foods in the world.