Nabo Greens, the Most Typical of Cuzco Dishes

Greens Navo, Yuyu Jaucha Dish (Walter Coraza Morveli)

Greens Navo, Yuyu Jaucha Dish (Walter Coraza Morveli)

By Arnold Fernandez Coraza

Every weekend in the city of Cuzco, its people go about making their respective purchases in the markets. On those days the caseras, vendors, bring out their best preparations and products for sale to those who are looking for different foods to take home.

Many caseras sit on the ground to sell. They arrange their pots on a cloth, a brightly colored queperina, as we call it and wrap them in more cloth to keep the prepared food inside them hot. Some of the caseras wear traditional clothing such as broad skirts called polleras along with broad brimmed, tall hats. Read the rest of this entry

Medicinal Papayas Create a Sensation in Cuzco

By Walter Coraza Morveli

Little Papayas from Cusco's Sacred Valley (Walter Coraza Morveli)

Little Papayas from Cusco’s Sacred Valley (Walter Coraza Morveli)

A fruit that beside being delicious possesses great benefits for health grow in the Sacred Valley. They are a medicinal little papaya and are called Urquillos.

They look a lot like regular papayas. They have the same yellow color and almost the same shape, but these are small like a mango (or if you are in the US a Hawaiian papaya), nevertheless the taste is distinctly clear. They are sweet when they reach maturity though they maintain a subtle bitterness. Read the rest of this entry

Noni, Peru's Natural Medicine (Walter Coraza Morveli)

Noni, Peru’s Natural Medicine (Walter Coraza Morveli)

By Brayan Coraza Morveli

The International Day of Natural Medicine is celebrated on October 22nd every year. On this day it is good to remember if you have every relied on natural medicine to help heal or cure yourself of some ill. This might include a tea of chamomile, lemon verbena, or other herbs in order to soothe your digestive system or if you have suffered from cholics or stomachache.

Natural medicine is, in many cases, an alternative for remedying or alleviating many of the problems that afflict us daily. Many plants with curative properties are available in the moment we most need them. Read the rest of this entry

By David Knowlton

Having a Great Ceviche (Wayra)

Having a Great Ceviche (Wayra)

Ceviche can be called Peru’s signature dish, like a flourish from a masterful hand that flows across the page and stands legally for that person and what she or he represents.

It is widely celebrated in the press as a pinnacle of Peruvian cuisine. Though simple, it requires much attention to detail in the selection of the right fish, and other ingredients, as well as care in the timing of submitting the fish to the fascinating tartness of Peruvian limes. Read the rest of this entry

Our Salads Bring Balance to a Meal

Fresh Salad

Fresh Salad

By Arnold Fernandez Coraza

One of our customs in the city of Cuzco is to eat any main dish with a hot sauce, an aji as we call it, and a fresh and refreshing salad. At the moment we eat our lunches both are present, whether in a restaurant of in our homes.

Various kinds of salads are prepared for our lunches. One of the most well known is made from onions, cucumber and tomato. Another is the ensalada rusa, the Russian salad. An additional one we eat a lot is the parsley salad. Read the rest of this entry

Anticuchos (Photo: Giancarlo Gallardo)

Anticuchos (Photo: Giancarlo Gallardo)

By Arnold Fernandez Coraza

Today, October 19th, Peru celebrates the national day of the anticucho, one of the banner dishes of Peru and one that symbolizes it like its national flag. Most every one eats anticuchos. They are skewers of meat that are seasoned and grilled, and served with boiled potatoes and a spicy sauce of aji, our hot peppers.

Anticuchos are prepared in all the cities of Peru though every city has its own way of making them and serving them. Read the rest of this entry

The Lord of Miracles Takes to the Streets Today

By David Knowlton

Peru’s great Lord of Miracles makes his annual procession through the streets of Lima today and tomorrow.  Born by devotees, he comes out of the Nazarenas Church and is joined by large masses of people as he makes his way to the Church of Our Lady of Victories (Nuesta Señora de las Victorias) before making his way back home on Sunday.

Besides in Lima, images of the Lord of Miracles will process in cities throughout Peru, including Cusco, as well as in other countries where there are Peruvians and people devoted to him. This event is one the greatest events of the year in Peru where it mobilizes tens of thousands of people, and maybe even hundreds of thousands, and is at the center of a vast network of social, economic, and spiritual life.  It is also considered one of the largest manifestations of Catholicism in the world. Read the rest of this entry

By Brayan Coraza Morveli

Doña Pepa’s Turrón (Photo: Wayra)

Doña Pepa’s Turrón (Photo: Wayra)

Doña Pepa’s Turron is a traditional sweet from Peru´s north. Each year its demand grows and it is more eaten, generally in the month of October called the purple month in honor of the Lord of Miracles, Peru’s patron saint.

With all the colored sprinkles of covering the turron, attached to it with a flavored honey-like syrup, it just looks delicious and attractive from glassed in displays. A rainbow of bright colors, shapes looks at you enticingly. Though they are attractive and wonderful, every layer of this complex and composite sweet steals away any anxiety you might have about trying this traditional and seasonal sweet. Read the rest of this entry

Isolated Peoples Moving towards Contact

Isolated People Around  Yanayacu River, Alto Madre de Dios

Isolated People Around Yanayacu River, Alto Madre de Dios

By Donaldo Humberto Pinedo Macedo

When father David Martinez de Aguirre, Dominican Missionary in the native community of Kirigueti told me that those called “Indigenous Peoples in Voluntary Isolation or Initial Contact” were not such and, rather, were “family groups in captivity”, his position seemed exaggerated to me.  My only up-to-date information at the time was from headlines in social media or on the web pages of organizations that defend indigenous rights. Read the rest of this entry

Purple and Sweet Picarones for October

By Arnold Fernandez Coraza

Cusco's Favorite Sweet Picarones (Walter Coraza Morveli)

Cusco’s Favorite Sweet Picarones (Walter Coraza Morveli)

Peru has entered into the month of Purple, October Part of that month is that we consume wonderful sweets of the season. Among these are the “picaros picarones”, the doughnut like fired dough rings that sweeten peoples taste buds and attitudes in our city,

This delicious desert is made from wheat flour with the addition of one of two different ingredients, squash or sweet potato. When they are served flavored syrup is poured over them. Read the rest of this entry

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