“Man is what he eats.” Modern food gourmets embraced this age-old folk wisdom to heart and came up with a huge number of diets: vegetarian, vegan, lactose-free, gluten-free, carbohydrate-free. If you are busy counting calories, you have to throw your diet aside, when you will be traveling to South America, because your taste buds will torture unusual local delicacies.
The guinea pig
In Peru, guinea pigs, fluffy, rather served as a meal than kept as pets. This Andean delicacy known as ‘KUI’ can be roasted on the grill and is usually served whole. Peruvians eat Kui only in special cases, like the turkey on Thanksgiving Day, but tourists can enjoy it all year round for lunch. Dish by reviews of tourists tastes like chicken and is a good source of protein.
Ants and other insects are part of a balanced diet in different countries and Colombia is no exception. Drink ants as a cheap and widely available source of protein. Ants are usually fried and seasoned with sea salt and chilli.
Street food is popular throughout South America and trolleys with food to sell it directly roasted on skewers. If you are visiting Bolivia and Chile, and see how the vendors peddling “antikuchos de Corazon,” know that this is the heart of beef, baked on a stick. Marinated with garlic, onion, cilantro, lemon juice, and even beer, the skewered delicacies are an ideal snack at any time of the day. And do not be surprised if on the stick will also be a large boiled potato. In the Andean countries, like their indigenous product.
While cattle and horses are found in abundance in the plains of Argentina, they are rare in the Andes mountains. People mountains more here rely on local animals – llamas. Alpaca provides high quality wool for textiles and meat is also used in food, which is considered a healthy alternative to beef.
While the use of green leaf may not seem so strange as a cow heart or guinea pigs, as European travelers often avoid coca leaves. Do not be fooled by the name: coca leaves are not cocoa, they are the main source of cocaine. However, these leaves are drug only after intensive chemical treatment. The use of coca leaves in itself is part of the Andean culture with Inca times, these leaves are chewed miners and farmers because of the 27 vitamins and minerals contained in the leaves. Locals claim that the leaves treat poor circulation, improve digestion, and even useful in heart disease. coca leaves are not addictive and perfectly legal in Peru, Bolivia and Ecuador.