Believed to be eaten by people long ago, they invoke thoughts of the ancient Incas. These grains were a staple in their diet. Wonderment and amazement surrounds the Incan culture, similar to that around the anceitn Romans and Greeks. To this day scientists still can't figure out how Manchu Picchu was formed, or how the rocks were moved there since that area of Peru doesn't contain any massive rocks. You'll notice that the names of these grains aren't Spanish. They're Quechua. One of the languages spoken by the indigenous people of Peru.
Your local health food store will probably have them, if not you can always order them off iHerb (and get up to $10 off your first order by using code: LNQ216).
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Similar to quinoa, this seed is high in protein and amino acids. It's also a great source of iron and is gluten-free. Make sure you rinse kañiwa thoroughly before cooking. The grains are covered with a bitter coating that must be removed before cooking. Some people say that it's better to lightly toast it and then cover it with water. You'll want to use 1 part kañiwa to 2 parts water and drain thoroughly.
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Also a gluten-free seed, kiwicha is red, gold, and purple. It's high in fiber and protein and has a number of essential minerals. Sometimes referred to as the mini-quinoa, it is also know as amaranth. During the Day of the Dead celebrations, kiwicha is popped and sugar is added to make a alegria, a candy.
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Commonly known as Peruvian ginseng, this root has commonly been used as a supplement. You can add it to cold dishes or drinks, but be careful about adding it to anything hot as the heat can cause it to lose its health benefits.
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Better than soybeans, this legume is high in protein and amino acids. Sometimes called chocho, it takes longer to make than quinoa, kiwicha, or kañiwa. You'll have to soak it in water for about a day before using. You can eat it whole or mash it similar to potatoes.
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these books. There are also lots of Peruvian remedies that use traditional Peruvian foods.
Remember to learn Spanish if you're going to go to Peru. It'll help you assimilate to the culture and you'll be able to communicate easier. If you're looking to learn Spanish, Fluenz Spanish, Rosetta Stone, and Synergy Spanish.
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