Wednesday, July 30, 2014

Pre Departure Advice

So I got some advice from some colleagues today who have been to Peru.  They say:

1) Go to Mango's restaurant. I will look the info up online and post it soon
2) Go to the Gold Museum. Everything there is made of gold.
3) Eat a chichu. It's some kind of fruit.

Also, beware of some kind of beer that is made out of spit. Thanks for that tip, really. I will be on the lookout.

Ok, so now they say they no longer ferment it in saliva…. how trusting are you???

according to wikipedia:  In some cultures, instead of germinating the maize to release the starches therein, the maize is ground, moistened in the chicha maker's mouth, and formed into small balls, which are then flattened and laid out to dry.[6] Naturally occurring ptyalin enzymes in the maker's saliva catalyses the breakdown of starch in the maize into maltose. (This process of chewing grains or other starches was used in the production of alcoholic beverages in pre-modern cultures around the world, including, for example, sake in Japan.) Chicha prepared in this manner is known as Chicha de Muko.

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