With increased interest in preserving the Amazon rainforest, a few Peruvian chefs have made a point of showing off its wild ingredients.
Amazonian staples include bananas, plantains, wild yucca, wild game, and fish.
Some of the plants may seem familiar, but the rainforest’s variations on plums, limes, and other fruits don’t grow outside of their humid habitat. Catfish from the Amazon River is readily available, and frequently enormous. You can even eat the widely feared (yet tasty) pirañha, or try out species of game like wild boar. Meats are often boiled, or wrapped in a banana leaf and cooked over a fire.
Places we visited in Peru were;
- International Potato Center
- Central Restaurant, Barranco
- Surquillo Market, Surquillo
- Chilcas District