Introduction to the Peruvian Marketplace: Plants & Herbs

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Continuing with our series of blogs – introduction to the Peruvian Market place, here we are including some interesting plants and herbs.

Coca tea assists with acclimatization. Photo courtesy of Michael Mossop.
Coca tea assists with acclimatization. Photo courtesy of Michael Mossop.
Coca leaves as you see them in the market in Cusco.
Coca leaves as you see them in the market in Cusco.

Coca

Coca is a traditional, pre-Colombian crop of the Andes and still widely used today as a tea or to chew.  Coca is thought to help with the acclimatization process and increased energy.  Many people in Cusco drink a mate de coca after finishing a meal to help with digestion.

 

 

Muna, which at first glance resembles mint.
Muna, which at first glance resembles mint.

Muña

Also known as Andean Mint, muña makes excellent tea!  This is a Quechua name, and is used in traditional medicine to ease cramping of the digestive cramping and as an aphrodisiac.

 

cacao

Cacao

Cacao (the primary ingredient in chocolate) is indigenous to the Americas.  In Peru, it is produced around and within the Amazon jungle, in areas such as Quillabamba, San Martin & Madre de Dios.

coffeeCafé (Coffee)

Coffee is grown in high jungle to jungle areas of Peru.  The growing season is roughly May-September, but this depends of a variety of factors, particularly altitude.

 

 

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