The food in Peru is pretty much amazing. I haven’t had a bad meal yet, but more interesting is the individual foods that make South America unique. A lot of the fun in being in a different country in a different hemisphere means there’s a lot of new things to try.
This interesting fruit is very hard and crunchy on the outside (not edible), and has a disgustingly gooey lump in its center. The lump consists of seeds coated in a jelly like substance. Looking at it my initial reaction was to gag, but it actually has a really decent flavor. It is sweet like a kiwi, and the seeds crunch like the seeds of a kiwi. It has a flavor that it completely unique to itself and can’t really be compared to anything.
The next fruit is quite possibly my favorite to date. Lucuma is quite popular here. It comes in smoothies, ice cream (helado), and even Starbucks here has a lucuma frappuccino. It has a grainy texture to it, and really reminds me of pumpkin in flavor and texture. It had a hard center like mango, and an outside leathery green skin much like the skin on a mango. You can tell it’s ripe when the skin cracks open to expose the fruit inside. Sweet enough on its own you can easily enjoy just eating the fruit, but blended with yogurt and whipped cream on top makes this a king of desserts.
This was actually the first weird fruit we tried. It is quite tasty. I recently had a piece of cake that had cherimoya in it much like you would have a strawberry cake. The fruit consists of many black seeds with a white chewy coating. You put a white section in your mouth, suck out the seed, chew up the fruit, then spit out the seed. It reminds me of eating sunflower seeds with the shells on, only in this case you eat the outside rather than the inside. The fruit itself is milky and soft.