Peru is famous for its Amazonian adventures. It includes wildlife excursions, jungle river cruises, and indigenous village visits. But did you know it’s also renowned for its delicious and surprising food that can’t be found anywhere else in the world?
Peruvian food won’t let you down whether you prefer simplistic dishes or extravagant ones that are full of flavors and aromas. Below we have listed 5 surprising Amazonian food that you should try on your trip to Peru!
Juane is a traditional dish in Peru’s Amazonian Forest, and it is enjoyed by both locals and tourists. This is a local delicacy made on the Feast of San Juan. It occurs every year on June 24th. Juanes can also be found in small restaurants and street vendors!
There are several varieties, the most well-known of which is made with chicken. It is a dish made with rice, chicken breast, hard-boiled eggs, black olives, and various spices such as cumin, garlic, and oregano wrapped in Bijao leaves (which look like banana leaves) and tied up with a string.
Tacacho with Cecina, along with the Juane, is regarded as the most delectable dish in the Peruvian Amazon. It is a dish that is served with 2 small balls. They are made of squashed bananas and thin strips of smoked pork seasoned with a variety of spices.
After that, they’re seasoned with salt and pepper. Although it appears to be a crumbly dish, it is actually quite moist. The balls are typically made with green bananas. But some variants use a mix of green and yellow bananas to give the dish a unique flavor.
Paiche, also known as arapaima, is the largest freshwater fish found in the Amazonian rivers. They grow to be 2 meters long and weigh up to 100 kilograms! A paiche dish can be prepared in a variety of ways, including fried, grilled, steamed, and combined with other rice dishes!
Paiche is modest, but it has a chicken-like flavor. Therefore, it is a great starter for both kids and adults who are not fans of seafood.
This dish is a variant of Juane that consists of squashed chonta (a type of plant found all across the Peruvian Amazon), palmas, and paiche combined with different spices like garlic, pepper, cumin, and oregano. This is then wrapped in bijao leaves with a string but sometimes banana leaves are also used to wrap chontajuane.
No Peruvian Amazon meal is satisfactory without its exotic alcoholic beverages. These are made by mixing various ingredients, ranging from herbs like cat’s claw, wampo, Fierro Caspi, chicoa, and chuchuwasy, and sweetened with honey or sugar cane.
These are popular among Peruvians because they are said to have aphrodisiac qualities. You can try ones like 7 Raíces, the Chuchuhuasi, Rompe Calzón (RC), Levántate Lázaro (LL), and the Uvachado, which is a sweet liquor made from Amazon black grapes and honey.