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Growing Up Yerba Buena in a Garden

Yerba Buena, Cuzco’s Mint, Enlivens its Traditional Food

Yerba buena with its sweet taste of mint, not only enlivens palates it fills Cuzco’s gardens with freshness given Its radiant leaves and bright green color. It is one bright tone in a favored background for the reds and whites of weavings, gardens, and meals. This brilliant aromatic herb has medicinal importance at the same time it claims a role in Cuzco’s gastronomy.
Saturday Lunch in a Picanteria

Cuzco’s Traditional Food: Picanterías

A simple table in a room pulsing with the uneven beat of huaynos and the moan of yaravies, indigenous song forms of Peru, tall...
Chicharrones (Walter Coraza Morveli)

Traditional Food of Cuzco

Even though many places offer menus in English words often seem strange and have meanings they don’t to native speakers. One of these is the word “typical”.  It appears in restaurant names and in the descriptions of their offerings.  It is so common.   And yet it does not have exactly the meaning it does for most English speakers.
Market Stall in Lima (Photo: Giancarlo Alejandro Gallardo Campos)

Traditional Markets Give Freshest Food and Greatest Value in Lima

Though you see gleaming supermarkets in Lima’s neighborhoods, its traditional markets continue to be important and are claiming new successes. Traditionally rustic places, where...
Raised Fogón in a Traditional Restaurant in Cuzco

Traditional Stoves, Fogones, Give Cuzco’s Food Great Flavor

To cook these days people in cities tend to rely on stoves that are marvels of technical design. They allow people to cook quickly and without much effort. This is very different from the rural communities of Peru where people tend not to have this kind of stove.
A Rustic Fogón

Traditional Mud Stoves and Ovens Make the Best Food

The traditional dishes of Cuzco represent us and all our culture.  That is why we call them typical.  But it is more.  These dishes...
Multilevel Fogón in a Private Home in Cuzco

The Andean Kitchen, a Special, Traditional Space

The Andean kitchens of Peru are traditional spaces that are not characterized by being well decorated, having good light, or having...
Jora de Maíz, Sutichi Alimento de los animales en Cusco (Foto Walter Coraza Morveli)

Residue of Chicha is Nutritious Food for Animals in Cusco

Chicha is a traditional drink from the Andes of Peru. Preparing chicha has a long and arduous process based on the correct use of...
Yuyo Jaucha

Llipcha y Jaucha: Andean Food

The people of the Peruvian Andes use many plants and herbs. With them they cover different needs such as folk medicine, alleviation of different...
Mancachicharro, a tradicional dish from Chinchero, Sacred Valley (Photo: Walter Coraza Morveli)

Manca Chicharro, new food trend in the Sacred Valley of the Incas

On the route from Cusco to Urubamba, also known the route to the Sacred Valley, there are beautiful landscapes and delicious cuisine. The views towards...