Selva – dishes 2: fish and meat

The dishes found in the Peruvian amazonian forest are very distinctive from the other parts of Peru. After the article on seasonning and stapple food, here is a serie on fish and meat.

Fish of the Amazon river and affluents

The fishes of the Amazone are a main source of food for people from the selva. Details about the kinds of fishes you can found in Peruvian rainforest in this article.

They are mainly eaten in 3 different ways:

Patarashca

Patarashca is a famous dish of fish cooked in 3 large leaves of bijao or even banana tree (always bigger than bijao leaves). Fishes can be put in small pieces or entire with head and tail. Then the seasonning depend on each cook but always includes salt and citric fruit (lemon or orange). It may even contain a lot of liquid as in Debora’s recipe… where the Patarashca ends as a fish in its juice.

Patarashca de Doncella, San Miguel

Patarashca de Doncella, San Miguel

Patarashca de boquichico a la Laguna Azul

Patarashca de boquichico a la Laguna Azul

A la hoja

The fish is cooked with very little amount of condiment in the bijao leaf.

Fish grilled in bijao leaf (pescado a la hoja)

Fish grilled in bijao leaf (pescado a la hoja)

Grilled

Widely available on markets.

grilled fish at Bélen market

grilled fish at Bélen market

Meats

Chorizo and cecina

The people from the selva produce a local chorizo and cecina is a smoked piece of pork.

Cecina and chorizo with Tacacho at Laguna Azul

Cecina and chorizo with Tacacho at Laguna Azul

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