What is Rocoto?
Since about 2,500 B.C. “aji” (a general term for spicy peppers in South America) has been a part of Peruvian cuisine. They were worshipped by the Incas and are immortalized in fine pottery and jewelry. Rocoto is a Peruvian specialty “aji” that has a unique taste and is believed to impart a “cold heat” that attacks the taste butts and not the digestive system. While Rocoto is not the hottest “aji”, it is nevertheless known as “Levanta Muerto” (Raising the Dead) and “Gringo Huanuchi” (Gringo Killer in “Quechua” native language). So, if you like to try a tiny piece of Rocoto don’t hesitate to ask your friendly server, but please also ask for a glass of water.
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Peruvian food has a variety of ingredients that consist of great flavors and aromas. the diversity provides us with different cooking methods from each of Peru’s regions. it is also enriched with the culinary contributions of eastern and European immigrants that give Peruvian cuisine a mixture of delicious, unique and incomparable flavor.