Typical Peruvian Vegetables

We know Peru around the world for its potato and corn varieties. But did you know that, for example, the avocado and tomato have their origin in Peru as well? And the country is home to many other internationally nearly unknown vegetables. Most of them have been cultivated and consumed since ancient times, being an important part of the traditional Peruvian cuisine. Quite a few of these ancient veggies bring remarkable properties, making local dishes not only super delicious but healthy as well.

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Oca

Typical Peruvian Vegetables
Oca is another native South American tuber grown in the high Andes since pre-Columbian times and was a staple food of various ancient cultures. The finger like tubers can be white, orange, red, pinkish or purple.

Maca

Typical Peruvian Vegetables
Maca is a root vegetable grown and consumed in the Andean Mountains for centuries. Traditionally it's always cooked and used in different local dishes. Maca is roasted to produce a delicious snack or dried and mixed with milk to make porridge. .

Esparrago

Typical Peruvian Vegetables
Asparagus is native to the eastern Mediterranean area, cultivated from antiquity and now grown in much of the world. It came to North America with early colonist. Only in the 1950s the cultivation of white asparagus began in the district of La Libertad in Peru.
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