Chicha Morada: peruvian flagship drink

Chicha Morada: peruvian flagship drink

Chicha Morada: One of the flagship drinks of Peru

 

This “peruvian flagship chicha morada drink” has been made in Peru, since before the arrival of the Spanish. According to the chronicler Blas Valera, the chicha morada; It was prepared in the empire of the Incas with medicinal and ceremonial reasons.

In Peru, 52 types of corn have been classified so far; being the best known and exported worldwide, the giant corn of Cusco. However, we have a purple-black corn, from which we make a healthy and tasty artisan drink; denominated: “chicha morada”.Chicha morada is made from a very particular corn that is harvested in the Andes mountain range. This one has a very deep purple color and is known as maiz morado. Although at present it is cultivated, also, in other areas of America; This variety of corn, called: Kulli, was cultivated for the first time about 7000 years before Christ in Peruvian territory.

 

Traditional elaboration of chicha morada

The current recipes to make this traditional drink is not just one; Currently you can find various variations, by regions, and personal tastes of housewives and restaurants.

Some even add chopped green apples to this drink.

To make 6 very substantial liters of chicha morada you need:

  • 1 kilo of purple corn
  • 1 pineapple
  • 8 lemons
  • 2 cups of sugar
  • 8 cloves
  • 2 cinnamon sticks
  • 6.5 liters of water

Once you have all these ingredients ready, the first thing you have to do, is boil the purple corn in a large pot. At the same time, the pineapple peels, cinnamon and cloves should also be boiled in the same pot. All these ingredients must go in a pot with 6 liters of water. This mixture of ingredients have to boil for 30 minutes.

Once it cools down, you need to strain and add sugar and lemon to your liking to your refreshing drink.

If you want to maximize the elaboration of this drink; the purple corn already boiled along with the other boiled ingredients, should be boiled again with three more liters of water over low heat for 45 minutes.

Chicha Morada: One of the flagship drinks of Peru

 

Healing benefits of this peruvian flagship drink consumption

Due to its high content of anthocyanins and phenolic compounds, maiz morado has functional and bioactive properties; as well as a high antioxidant capacity. The Nagoya University School of Medicine in Japan; has scientifically shown that the pigment in purple corn prevents the development of colon cancer. Also, it reduces blood pressure and cholesterol; stimulates good blood circulation, protects blood vessels from oxidative damage, improves microcirculation. It is anti-inflammatory, encourages the regeneration of connective tissue; and promotes the formation of collagen.

 

Commercialization

The consumption of this flagship peruvian chicha morada drink in Peru; has reached the consumption of Coca Cola. Due to this, the sale of this drink is very widespread; in restaurants, supermarkets, cinemas, football stadiums, etc.

The Peruvian chain of cinemas “Cineplanet” in the last 4 years; made chicha morada available to its consumers.

Import and Export Doña Isabel with its brands “Inca’s Food and Doña Isabel” leads the market for exports of bottled chicha morada to the United States.

In 2007, the Peruvian company “Alicorp”; With its Negrita brand, it launched the chicha morada bottled and ready for consumption on the Peruvian market.

However, it should be noted that this exquisite Peruvian drink; It is not yet known internationally. Its export to the United States; is mainly for the consumption of the Peruvian immigrant colonies. Hopefully one day it can reach the level of sales of Coca Cola.

Incas Path; in all treks to Machu Picchu, Rainbow Mountain, Ausangate, Choquequirao and train tours to Machu Picchu. We prepare this purple drink in an artisanal way, to the delight of our tourists.

Chicha Morada: One of the flagship drinks of Peru

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