It’s one of the great literary feuds. Mario Vargas Llosa is a prolific and prize winning novelist who ran for President of Peru in 1990.
Machu Picchu has been named one of the New Seven Wonders of the World, but visitors are often surprised by gaps in knowledge about the Lost City of the Inca. Why was it abandoned at the time of the Spanish conquest? How did the Inca move the enormous stone blocks into place without using the wheel or metal tools? How do we find the answers when the Inca left no written history?
Quinoa is the best-known of the “Inca grains” that have grown in popularity thanks to its high level of protein (between 12% and 18%) and other nutrients like magnesium, iron and phosphorous. It’s not strictly a grain, but a relative of spinach and Swiss chard, so it’s also gluten-free. Quinoa is popular among vegetarians and vegans for its protein kick, and is a kosher replacement for rice and wheat during Passover.
Lúcuma is a fruit that is an enormously popular ingredient in Peruvian desserts, especially ice cream, with sales eclipsing more traditional flavors like chocolate and strawberry. Opening the fruit, the shape and large central stone are just like an avocado but with bright orange flesh. The fruit has a similar texture to cooked egg yolk, it’s dry and crumbling, and for that reason lúcuma is sometimes called “eggfruit” in English.