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A New Season for Fruit Rolls Around

Arnold Fernandez Coraza

Small Pear Fruit from Cuzco's Sacred Valley

Small Pear Fruit from Cuzco’s Sacred Valley

As we all know, the city of Cuzco has its various seasons for fruit. Some fruit is always found, even though it is more abundant and fresher in its season, while some only becomes available when its season rolls around.

The fruit you can find year round in our markets is apples, oranges, grapes, bananas, and papayas. This is the fruit that is brought year round for our caseras, our fruit vendors, to sell in the market every day. You can find them whenever you wish. Read the rest of this entry

Summer Delights in Peru

Walter Coraza Morveli

It is summer in Peru and this summer is already the bomb, especially when accompanied by foods typical of Peruvian gastronomy.

Here are some of the plates you should not miss this summer.  It is the perfect season to enjoy the best on these days of sunshine, beach and sand on the coast, and sun, rain and beauty in the highlands. Read the rest of this entry

San Sebastian’s Octave Thrilled All

Dancing in the Feast

Dancing in the Feast

On a sunny day yesterday, St Sebastian Neighborhood celebrated the octave, the eighth day, of its popular fiesta .  It included beautiful typical dances, sonorous bands, and traditional food in honor to their Patron Sebastian.

People got enchanted with this fiesta. Everybody enjoyed it much and had fun. Now they rest until next year.

These pictures will show you how it was celebrated. Enjoy them. Read the rest of this entry

Peruvians and Peruvian Food in the United States

Incas food yellow aji

Inca’s Food yellow aji

David Knowlton

Peruvian food claims ever more recognition in the United States, but there is an unsung melody in this operatic ascent. Those notes are the story of Peruvian immigration to the US and the development of supply chains to meet the immigrant’s demands for food from their home country as well as restaurants to satisfy their palates and make them feel at home in a strange place.

A bit more than a week ago, I went to the airport to receive two young men from Cuzco who have been working in the US for the last five months as part of an international program.  As I was driving them around Salt Lake City, at dusk, we happened to pass a Peruvian grocery store named La Pequeñita.  I mentioned it to them and could tell by the sudden light that came into their faces they wanted to see it. Read the rest of this entry

Mixtura on Saturdays in Cuzco

Brayan Coraza Morveli

Guinea Pig, Tortillas, and More in Wanchaq

Guinea Pig, Tortillas, and More in Wanchaq

Every Saturday Cuzco opens fairs and markets in various places of the city. There, people can buy all kinds of products and things to take home. You will find a wide variety of stuff, from plants to articles for the kitchen.

The Tupac Amaru Fair is perhaps the most well known in Cuzco. It takes its name from its location on the Plaza of Tupac Amaru in the Wanchaq District. Every Saturday this fair fills with people who seek something they need for their home. Read the rest of this entry

San Sebastian’s Famous Pear Soup Delights All

Brayan Coraza Morveli

Chupe de Peras or Kapchi de Peras, One of the Famous Dish of St Sebastian

Chupe de Peras or Kapchi de Peras, One of the Famous Dish of St Sebastian

San Sebastian, a District of the City of Cuzco, is in fiesta during the month of January. Its celebration includes dance troupes, bands, and food, of course. All of this is offered in honor of its patron saint, St. Sebastian. The holy figure makes a procession through the district in the company of all the dance troupes as well as the people of the district and elsewhere in Cusco. Read the rest of this entry

The Fiesta of St.Sebastian Breaks out in Cuzco

Cuzco's St.Sebastian Anniversary

Cuzco’s St.Sebastian Anniversary

Walter Coraza Morveli

Cuzco’s San Sebastian District, one of the classic neighborhoods of the city, is all dressed up for a fiesta. Today, the 20th of January, every year it celebrates its Saint’s Day and anniversary. All of January is an important month for its population, filled with much religious faith in honor of Saint Sebastian. Peru’s National Institute of Culture has declared the feast Cultural Patrimony (Heritage) of the Country. Read the rest of this entry

Capuli Fruit and Tree, a Peruvian Treasure

Brayan Coraza Morveli

Capuli Fruit Enchants Cuzco These Days (Hebert Huamani Jara)

Capuli Fruit Enchants Cuzco These Days (Hebert Huamani Jara)

Capuli is a fruit tree that is native to the Andes of Peru. Its leaves are long and green. Its trunk almost never grows straight up like trees that produce wood, but is heavily branched. Its fruit is almost the same size as a cherry and its color, when ripe, is very attractive.

Capuli fruit is abundantly available in the months of February and March. You can find it in any of the city’s markets. It is sold in mounds for 1 sol or 2 soles depending on the quantity you wish. In those months it is one of the fruit that is most asked for. Read the rest of this entry

Eating Alone?

Eating Alone

Eating Alone

Brayan Coraza Morveli

Everyday, on leaving work people spend a bit of time eating a lunch or a snack after a busy day of hard work while on their way home to be with their family and friends. Still, a person eating alone seems very strange to us in Cuzco.

Our country and, especially, our city are characterized by sharing. From ancient times down to the present we carry out ayni and mink’a, reciprocity and collective work respectively. In these activities people always share their food with everyone who is present. At the same time they share vivid anecdotes, among other things, making it a social gathering. In this way, little by little, with laughter and smiles, tears and sadness, they finish their food and return to work. Read the rest of this entry

By Arnold Fernandez Coraza

Little Girls Performing in a Neighborhood Anniversary (Wayra)

Little Girls Performing in a Neighborhood Anniversary (Wayra)

Now that it is January we begin to live once again the cycle of fiestas here in Cusco. Throughout the year we will celebrate various traditional feasts and everyone will experience much joy again. One of the celebrations that are already beginning is the anniversaries of the different neighborhoods we have in the city. Each one of them was founded on a certian day and month. Whenever that day comes around the people of the neighborhood organize a fiesta to recognize and honor that date.

Their fiestas receive much dedication and attention. You will see the people united since all the neighbors come together to put on the feast. Some days beforehand the neighborhood calls a general assembly in their communial spaces or rooms. There they discuss what they want to do on their anniversary. Everyone puts forth their own ideas from their own points of view and in this way the neighborhood comes to a shared understanding about how they will carry out the most important event in the life of their neighborhoods in which they have grown up and had many experiences. Read the rest of this entry

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