Food Culture

The Potato Flower

During this month of May in Cusco, our fields of potatoes begin to bloom massively. They are beautiful and dress our rural areas with radiant and brilliant colours.

When you walk the slopes of our hills and mountains during these months you will see the beauty of the fields that are producing.

Purple and white, the potato flowers remind me of the classic song that gives hnor to this beautiful flower. It is from the recognized Andean artist, El Trovador.

Here is the translation of the songs words, as we published in an earlier article on it.

Potato Flower
Paulito Rebaza Rodriguez 
(El Trovador Andino)

Potato flower, potato flower,
Potato flower, potato flower.
That plump beauty won’t escape me.
In just two weeks I’ll make her skinny

The oca flower, the oca flower,
the oca flower, the oca flower.
That cute girl, how she can flirt.
When I kiss her, I’ll win her heart

The cane flower, the cane flower,
the cane flower, the cane flower.
That young man sure has his ways.
Its been three years since he bathed.

The wheat flower, the wheat flower,
the wheat flower, the wheat flower.
That sweet girl is my friend’s.
But she’ll go with me in the end.

The rose flower, the rose flower,
the rose flower, the rose flower.
That fine girl lives in a cloud.
That`s why she always is so proud.

though they call me a drunk,
though they call me a punk,
even as a drunk punk
I was the first to kiss you.

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