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Peruvian Cuisine

 

Until recently most of the world was unfamiliar with Peruvian cuisine, but today Peruvian cuisine has become among the most varied and best in the world. It is greatly influenced by the country's three main geographical zones, the coast, the Andean highlands and the jungle.  It also combines Pre-Inca and Inca staples, such as potatoes, and Spanish, Basque, African, Asian and French, Italian and British cuisine which immigrants brought with them; a unique fusion of the culture, traditions and flavors of four continents in which all parts coexist or melt in harmony and even enrich one another.  Although Peruvian cuisine has only begun to be recognized internationally in the last few years, food and its preparation is a very important part of the Peruvian culture and a very personal way to express the Peruvian identity.