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Peruvian Grains, Coffees, Crops, Beans & Nuts

While very special "pseudo-grains", nuts and beans are part of the Peruvian culture and nutrition since ancient times, they were just rediscovered and gained popularity worldwide in the last few years. The international demand for Peruvian "super-grains" like Kiwicha and Quinua thrives, as more health-conscious people realize the extraordinary nutritional value of these products.

Whereas peanuts and Lima Beans conquered the world centuries ago, other native Peruvian products like Sacha Inchi or Tarwi are just on the brink of doing so. And although coffee was only introduced to Peru some decades back, Peru became one of the biggest coffee producers in the world known especially for its organic produced coffee.

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Sacha Inchi also known as Inca Peanut

Peruvian Grains, Coffees, Crops, Beans & Nuts
Sacha Inchi, also known as Mani del Inca or Inca Peanut, is native to the Peruvian Amazon region and consumed by indigenous tribes for over 3000 years. The oval, dark brown seeds inside the characteristic star shaped fruits are rich in oils, proteins and amino acids.

Café Peruano

Peruvian Grains, Coffees, Crops, Beans & Nuts
Coffee beans originated in Africa and were introduced to Peru in the 19th century. But coffee cultivation did not become common in Peru until the mid-twenties. In the 1990s, coffee growing was encouraged as a replacement for coca farming by several non-governmental agencies.

Quinua

Peruvian Grains, Coffees, Crops, Beans & Nuts
Nowadays called a "supercrop", Quinua played a vital role in the Andean diet for thousands of years. The origin of Quinoa domestication appears to be located in the area around Lake Titicaca. It was an important staple food of the Incas who referred to Quinua as "mother of all grains".

Kiwicha

Peruvian Grains, Coffees, Crops, Beans & Nuts
The Kiwicha is native to the high Peruvian Andes. Also known as Amaranth, Kiwicha is an ancient crop cultivated for thousands of years by many cultures, including the Incas. Kiwicha seeds are slightly bigger than poppy seeds and very flavorful.

Mani

Peruvian Grains, Coffees, Crops, Beans & Nuts
Peanuts are believed to be of South American origin. The cultivated peanut was most probably first domesticated in the Peruvian valleys where archaeologists have found rests of mani and dated them to about 7600 years.

Tarwi - Andean Lupin

Peruvian Grains, Coffees, Crops, Beans & Nuts
Tarwi is grown in the Andes since ancient times for its edible, spicy bean, which was an important food for Andean cultures for centuries. The beans were found in tombs of the Nazca culture and depicted on ceramics of the Tiahuanaco.

Pallar

Peruvian Grains, Coffees, Crops, Beans & Nuts
Pallar, known in English as Lima Beans or Butter Beans, are native to Central and South America. Big seeded varieties known as "Big Lima" were domesticated in the Peruvian Andean Mountains since ancient times.
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