Taste Raider: Ch’arki and Chuños (Part 2)

Whenever we think of culture or cultural identity, we may be tempted to think of arts and crafts, mythology, literature, clothing, rituals. But food and culinary traditions are also forms of cultural expression and can give us a deeper insight into that culture’s history, development, and values. In this edition of Tomb Raider Horizon’s food-centric feature, Taste Raider, we will take a closer look at the chuño, the freeze-dried potato product that pre-dates the Inca Empire and continues to be a staple ingredient among the Aymara and Quechua communities of South America. The word “chuño” derives from the Quechua word ch’uñu, which simply means “frozen potato”, and this potato product has a history that stretches back centuries, possibly even millennia. It is thought that the domestication of potatoes began in Peru and Bolivia sometime between 8,000 and 5,000 BCE and traces of chuño production have been uncovered at a number of archaeological sites in the region, including Tiwanaku in western Bolivia. And while it is near impossible to pinpoint the exact origins of chuño production, the undeniable fact is that this freeze-dried potato product was born out of necessity. The inhabitants of the Andean highlands needed a reliable plan B […]

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