This July 28th marks the Day of Independence in Peru; the day when the red and white flag will wave across the country as an act of celebration. This is a day to remember and also to learn from such an important historical event. Always keep in mind the influence of Peruvian independence in the different aspects of Peruvians life.
Like most countries that have gone through similar events, the Peruvian independence marked an unforgettable event in its history and its culture. This act affects the vast majority of aspects in the life of its inhabitants, issues in which of course, gastronomy is included. For this reason, this day seems like a good one to talk about the influence of Peruvian independence in its gastronomy, and how this would impact the excellent reputation that Peruvian cuisine has.
Peruvian cuisine is currently recognized worldwide as one of the most exquisite and varied of all. Many people are not aware of the importance of the Peruvian independence role in this achievement.
Part of the Peruvian cuisine was defined at the colonial age, a historical period where the Spaniards combined the delicious and characteristic dishes from the Incas. They brought different products brought from the old continent, giving rise to variations of the previously existing dishes, as well as to new ones.
During the conquest and the Viceroyalty, the Peruvian gastronomy began to be significantly influenced. While it is true that later this gastronomy would also receive influences from other parts of Europe such as France and Italy, it all started precisely with Spain.
These two different cultures came together at a gastronomic level. Spanish pork dressing began to season with Peruvian peppers; while lemons brought from Spain accompanied ceviche.
To realize the importance that Spanish food influence has in contemporary Peruvian cuisine, it’s enough to mention a couple of famous typical Peruvian dishes. Arroz con pollo, arroz con mariscos, causa rellena, and escabeche, are part of the recipes that emerged from the fusion of Spanish and Peruvian cuisine.
By briefly analyzing the historical facts, we realize that as in many parts of the world, when new foods are discovered, they give rise to new dishes, and as a matter of fact, the Spanish brought many foods to Peru, among which are wheat, onions, peas, carrots, peppers, olives, grapes, and many others. All of these would be used as ingredients for many future dishes.
The influence of the Peruvian independence in its cuisine is undeniable, and despite the different historical events that occurred to make this country’s gastronomy evolution possible, the result is positive. Peruvian cuisine has an impeccable reputation, and every time it gets more notoriety around the world.
Sometimes, it is worth to look back and remember everything that brought us to where we are now; the impact of Peruvian independence in gastronomy is as attractive as it is crucial.