Chicha Morada is a highly favored beverage of Peru. The deep red color comes from the pigment which is boiled out of Choclo Morado Purple Peruvian Corn. The high content of polyphenols, anthosyanins, which stock Chicha Morada with powerful nutrients is the secret ingredient to its rich color.

Chicha Morada dates back to the Moche cerca 100 AD. It is believed the Moche used the drink during ceremonial rituals. Chicha Morada is not to be confused with plain Chicha which was its alcoholic alternative.

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Chicha served at the Mercado Central

Chicha morada is most commonly served in Jarras (HA-rahs) at lunch. It is served chilled and provides a great tonic after a mouthful of spicy Aji. It is sweet and tastes a bit like bubble gum.

Ingredients:

Choclo Morado

Pineapple Skin

Apple – al gusto

Lime

Spices:

Cinnamon Sticks

Whole Cloves

Star Anis

“And whatever other spices you have lying around” says the Chef Antonio

 

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