Cuzco Neighborhoods, Food Culture, Traditional Food

The secret of Chuta Bread in Cusco

Mama Josefina Offering Her Bread

The bread in the city of Cusco has an importance beyond being edible. It is an indispensable product in all the traditional celebrations of Cusco. Its importance comes from past times as a gift in gratitude to some favor or for the appointment of stewards for fiestas.

There are different types of bread. “Chuta” is the name of a traditional Cusco bread that the whole city and the different departments know, its flavor and size are incomparable.

This bread is made only in the district of Oropesa in the province of Quispicanchis of the department of Cusco, in the section of the Cusco – Sicuani highway. We know when we reach this place because most buses stop for passengers to buy these delicious breads.

In addition, there are several bakeries that produce this bread and take it to the city of Cusco to be able to sell from very early in the morning. It is said that in times past they got up very early and donkeys carried large baskets full of bread Chuta to get to the city of Cusco before people were out and about.

Chuta Bread (Walter Coraza Morveli)
Chuta Bread (Walter Coraza Morveli)

The San Pedro market and Loreto street in the city of Cusco is where you can buy these breads. Chuta bread is characterized by its size, round shape, thickness, softness, and flavour.

People wonder how a simple bread can be so delicious. There are many stories of why it tastes so good. It is said that bakeries have a unique recipe and that they only pass it from generation to generation and the children of the bakers are opening new bakeries in the place using the same recipe.

It is also said that one of the secrets is water, there is a source of water in Oropesa and that in its composition it is saline. That is why bread is so delicious.

The whole town of Oropesa and the city of Cusco are proud to have this traditional bread and that is enjoyed every day at affordable cost.

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