Guinea Pig Eaten Peru
Traditional baked guinea pig though not all visitors to peru are keen to eat it this way jaime pesaque is the owner of mayta a high end restaurant in upmarket lima.
Guinea pig eaten peru. Diego oka executive chef at la mar gaston acurio s miami restaurant served up guinea pig at the restaurant for peruvian independence day. Guinea pigs are also high in protein and low in fat and cholesterol. The growing popularity of guinea pig meat in high end restaurants in peru is helping to usher in the return of a traditional and environmentally friendly industry led by women.
Top chefs in peru. In peru it s estimated that some 65 million guinea pigs are consumed each year. It s fried or roasted guinea pig and it s a peruvian delicacy.
So given the chance to once again try this unique local cuisine in peru i jumped at the opportunity. Don t leave peru without trying cuy pronounced kwee which. Cuy dishes form part of the novoandina new andean cuisine movement but most regions in peru will have their own recipe.
Looking like three blind mice i was anxious to try guinea pig. Eating cuy is such a tradition in fact an estimated 65 million guinea pigs are consumed annually in peru that there are festivals celebrating the humble beast with contests for the best dressed largest and of course best tasting guinea pig. In fact guinea pigs were so valuable that they could be used to barter for other items if the family didn t have any spare cash.
In fact an estimated 65 million guinea pigs are consumed annually in peru. January 10 2018 by harold hall. The number of cuy that a family owned was indicative of their social status.
Updated march 26th 2020. He buys about 200 organically. Peruvians even declared a national holiday every second friday in october to celebrate the guinea pig.
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