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Potatoes, tomatoes, corn, sweet peppers, and quinoa were all first cultivated on terraced slopes of Peru’s lofty Andean mountains. Not just one species either. Hundred of varieties of each plant were developed and domesticated by the sophisticated Quechua or Incan society that preceded Spanish colonists. These ingredients are the foundation of Peru’s indigenous cooking style still dominating the country’s cuisine and making it one of the most highly evolved in South America. Among Peru’s signature dishes are ceviche and escabeche, both preparations for “cooking” fish in a lime juice or vinegar marinade. Peruvians also enjoy their staple food, potatoes, boiled and eaten with aji, a native chile; topped with cheese; freeze dried, a method invented by the Quechuans; or as causa a la limena, a filled potato cake with hard-cooked egg, olives, shrimp, or corn. Peru’s west coast is blessed by the plankton-rich Humboldt Currant, which nourishes abundant seafood including conchita, an unusual pink and white scallop.

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Home Town: Las Flores, Lima, Peru
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Well I am 21 years old and I have recently gotten the urge to cook but the problem is that i only know a few dishes. I want to learn more. I am also a nursing student and will hopefully graduate next year in May 08

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