6 Staple Ingredients for a South American Feast

South Americans are known to live of their land when it comes to cuisine. The climate is warm and dry all year round cultivating an abundance of exotic tropical fruits and root vegetables while the steep Andes mountains produce rich grains and seeds. South Americans know that food tastes better with friends and family so when planning your next fiesta here is a list of 6 staple ingredients used for a South American feast that you can find in your local grocery stores.

6 Staple Ingredients for a South American Feast

By Hayo Magazine

  • Quinoa

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    Referred as the "mother seed" by The Inca's, his super health seed has been cultivated for over 5,000 years in the Andes. Quinoa is widely used in salads, porridge or used as a flour substitute. 

  • Chimichurri

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    Is an emulsion of chopped parsley, minced garlic, olive oil and oregano. Originated in Argentina, this refreshing green sauce is used to marinade or grill meats, fish and poultry. 

  • Tropical Fruits

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    Coconut, cherimoya, mango, guava, pineapple, papaya, lucuma and passionfruit star in many savoury dishes, salads and deserts for added sweetness without the sugar. 

  • Corn (Maiz, Choclo)

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    This crop has been cultivated in South America for more than 5,000 years and is a key staple used in many South American dishes such as: Arepas (cornbread), Tortillas, Tamales, Tarts and Casseroles. 

  • Yuca Root

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    Other known as 'Cassava' this starchy edible root is commonly mashed, fried, dried or ground up into a flour and used in baking. 

  • Queso Fresco

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    This fresh cheese is unripened cow's milk cheese that has been lightly salted. It's commonly added to sauces or crumbled in salads. 

Candice Savage
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