The Native and European Flavors of Peruvian Cuisine

Some favorite dishes of the Peruvian people fuse native vegetables with meats from Europe. The Spaniards introduced lamb, poultry, and pork to the folk of Peru over 500 years ago. The combinations of local staples such as potatoes, rice, and hot peppers like aji and rocoto with the meats from Europe and local seafood have led to a wide variety of flavorful dishes enjoyed not only in Peru, but around the world.

One of the best known dishes from Peru is Ceviche. A combination of raw fish mixed with local citrus, the seafood is then topped with peppers, onion, and garlic to furnish its lively flavor. The entrée is frequently served with fresh corn and sweet potato, sliced cold.

Another quite favored dish around the world is parihuela. It is made similarly to French bouillabaisse, with a variety of shellfish cooked in a rich broth. Completely distinct in preparation but equal in popularity is a food called chicharron, a mix of deep-fried lamb or pork served with an onion salad and rice.

With the renewed interest in tourism around the South American rainforests, the flavors of Peru are finding new popularity around the world. Whether one of the dishes mentioned here, or others like rocoto relleno, lomo saltado, papa la huancaina, or cuy, tourists and visitors to the country find a wide variety of flavors to love. Those considering a vacation or rainforest excursion in Peru, will be more than a little delighted at the excellent flavor and variety of this multi-cultural cuisine.

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