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Be proud of Peru!

"A recent American Canadian Association Article

If there is one thing the Peruvians don\’t take much pride in, it\’s their politicians. As a matter of fact, I can\’t think of many countries where politicians enjoy much popularity. The press doesn\’t help much. If you review the headlines of the daily papers well into the middle section towards the movies, you will see one form of scandal after another.

It only takes a few good deeds to help forget about the negative aspects of Peru and lately there have been a number of outstanding accomplishments worthy of broadcasting. The unfortunate part is that you really have to scan the newspapers carefully to find any of this positive news.

In the most recent International Competition of Special Coffees held in Paris, Peru presented samples, though for a lack of 5,000 Euros, it had no official stand. Thirty-three countries participated in fierce competition, and there were two groups of official tasters: the European group and the American group. Both groups gave the same rating to the Peruvian coffee, and Ambassador Javier Pérez de Cuellar, former Secretary to the UN, pinned he gold medal on Peruvian farmer Justo Marín, who had the highest number
of points in the show! Peru has the best coffee in the world and we haven\’t even heard about it! Ambassador Pérez de Cuellar was surprised, as he had never been informed about the quality of Peruvian coffee. It has now been suggested that the National Coffee Council propose a law that would oblige Peruvian embassies around the world to serve Peruvian coffee in all its meetings, as has been done with Pisco.

Many Peruvian products have received recognition in recent years for their overall quality and especially, their extraordinary flavor.

A few examples:

The Spanish prefer the flavor of Peruvian asparagus; The French consider the Peruvian avocado unbeatable. Despite the fact the mango is of Indian and Pakistani origin, the Chinese are anxious to sign an agreement that will allow the export of mangos directly to China.

Peru has been exporting grapes in large scale since the first of this year, and there is a big market for Peruvian grapes into the U.S. as well as China during their off seasons. Olives, meaty, juicy, and flavorful, are harvested ripe and are widely considered to be exceptional. Olivos del Sur, a local producer, has no reason to envy the oils of Spain and Italy.

Peru has also entered the market for artichokes, and it is expected that it will run over the competition. The Spaniards recently started purchasing paprika in Peru due to political problems in its principle supply region – and they continue to buy from Peru since it is the best in the world! Now Peru\’s products are not only good, but they have learned how to present them attractively in a variety of containers with modern technology, as is
obvious in the case of olive oil and coffee.

This information will enable all the Peru fans to have a moment of happiness, and we are hoping that all of you will include it in your conversations. Peru has to convince itself that, with the natural wonders God has bestowed upon it and with a little effort, the country can also be recognized for the Peruvian flavor of its natural products in addition to its already existing reputation as one of the top three gourmet capitals of
the world!

Also of interest are that Peru is exporting fresh sweet potatoes from Cañete, Lambayeque, and Piura to Europe; and that Toyota has come up with a biodegradable plastic that utilizes the sweet potato as a raw material. The latter will substitute for non-biodegradable petroleum-based plastics in the manufacture of auto parts, and it is estimated that this will produce a demand for 20 million tons of sweet potato per year. Peru is the center of the origin of the sweet potato. Almost this entire demand can be fulfilled through year-round production along the Peruvian coast.

The International Potato Centre in Lima has been studying the sweet potato, and can identify varieties that are more apt for the production of plastics. The world record for productivity was accomplished in Virú in near Trujillo with 100 tons per hectare! Peru now need to convince Toyota to install one of its new plastic factories here.

And don\’t forget that we now have the best tenor in the world, Juan Diego Flores, who is the star of the Milan Opera House and has been compared to Pavarotti.

Sofia Mulanovich, the world women\’s surfing champ, continues to bring home more trophies, and Peru again can boast the most beautiful woman in the world, as Maria Julia Mantilla was recently elected Miss World.

Too bad we can\’t get more of these accomplishments on the front page!"

You made the front page here in "Living in Peru" and we hope you make it all around the world

Yours Sincerely

Carsten Korch – Chief Editor



Originally from Denmark, Carsten returned to Peru in 2002 with his wife and eldest son. He started in 2005, among other ventures in Peru. Before this, Carsten has worked in tourism, living in France, Sicily, and the U.S., and promoted bands like Metallica, Def Leppard and U2 for PolyGram Records (now Universal Music). Carsten loves pisco sours, Peru’s cuisine, and traveling with his family within Peru, a country that he believes is the land of opportunities.