When you hear “Peru,” what comes to mind? Images of mysterious and hauntingly beautiful Inca ruins like Machu Picchu? Snowed capped peaks of the Andes mountains? But very few know that Peru offers some of the most amazing cuisines in the world.
At Land of a Thousand Flavors, they want to show people what an incredible country Peru is by taking them on exclusive and unique gourmet trips around their fascinating country.
Peru has been blessed with a gigantic amount of different ingredients, ranging from more than 3.000 thousand different varieties of potatoes! To tropical fruits, and fish from the Pacific Ocean, there are also rare meats like Alpaca and guinea pig, and wonderful herbs like Huacatay.
This rich variety of ingredients has been used for thousand of years by the ancient Peruvians, but what made today’s gastronomy so unique has been the outside influences first by the Spanish Conquistadores, African slaves, and then by Chinese, Italian, and Japanese currents of immigrations. They all brought with them their own ingredients and cooking techniques, this mix has produced a cuisine in its own right.
There is a wealth of extremely rich flavors that will leave even the most seasoned gourmand in culinary ecstasy. From the coastal sea food classics like tiradito (sashimi like fish with a chilly sauce) to the Andean dishes using Quinoa and wonderful aromatic herbs, not to mention the sweets which since colonial times are a passion of Limenos.
A rich cuisine needs a great alcoholic beverage and in Peru its called Pisco, made from the grapes brought by the Spanish nearly 500 years ago, it’s a clear spirituous drink, similar to grappa, with character and a wonderful taste Pisco has yet to win its reputation in the world but there is no doubt it will as it elegant drink that drank straight or on cocktails like Pisco Sour never disappoints.
For more information, visit www.thousandflavors.com –– and stay tuned for more stories about Travel in the Land of Incas in the coming days.