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Celebrating Peru’s Rich Culinary Heritage
by Anneli Rufus
Peruvian cuisine is gaining ground in North America, and not a moment too soon. We saw this coming — with pisco cocktails in hand — and aquí está. It is truly vivid fare — and one of its prime purveyors is La Mar Cebichería Peruana. The San Francisco restaurant has expanded its brunch menu this month, debuting a range of new entrées that merge cutting-edge creativity with a rich, diverse culinary heritage.
Peruvian food has ancient roots, augmented by indigenous traditions, European cuisine — French-style bakeries are ubiquitous in Lima — and local produce such as plantains, Lima beans, huge-kerneled corn and local peppers including the earthy yellow aji amarillo, assertive red rocoto and fruity orange aji panca. Sauces made from these peppers and from the leafy green huacatay herb are more popular in Peru than ketchup and mustard.