It was the largest city that had existed in South America and remained that way even when it lay in ruins during part of the Spanish colonial period. At 18km2 by some measurements and more than 20km2 including its surrounding agricultural districts, this gigantic city formed the capital of the Chimor kingdom of the Chimú civilisation.
Perhaps Arequipa’s signature entrée is the Rocoto Relleno. The rocoto is a chilli of Andean origin used for over 5000 years – one of the first to be domesticated. It looks very similar to a bell pepper but as one of the world’s spicier chillis, you can bet it doesn’t taste like one. In fact is is about 50 times spicier than a jalapeño.
The international food fair of Lima will develop around the topic “Biodiversity and Nutrition”, in order to honor the privileged food repertory of Peru and bring up diverse matters such as: the work of small farmers, the commitment of Peruvians in the conservation of their biodiversity, the malnutrition problems the world faces and the establishment of an eating style based on Peruvian products.
Details have emerged regarding the sixth edition of Latin America’s largest culinary festival, Mistura, held in Lima, Peru each September. There’s a new beachfront location on the Costa Verde, a stellar lineup of invited chefs, and Gastón Acurio back on the planning team. Mistura 2013 runs from September 6-15.