Potato Day aims to celebrate Peru’s principal tuber, an indispensable food item in all tables and most dishes in the country.
“The potato is native to the Andes, rich in vitamins and antioxidants that are absorbed from the mountains and are marketed in different parts of the world”, said Perú 21.
This celebration comes from the Ministry of Agriculture and Irrigation (Minagri), which also promotes campaigns for the consumption and the benefits of this food.
There are more than 3,500 varieties of potatoes in Peru, and the country is the main producer in Latin America. Only in Cusco are more than 1,200 types of this tuber are produced, with a great variety of textures and colors. They are grown 4 thousand meters above sea level.
Several exhibitions of native potatoes from the high Andean areas of Peru took place, as well as typical dances and regional live music, said Perú 21.
“The Municipality of Lima also joins this date and will celebrate this day with an event called ‘La Causa por la Blanquirroja’”, the media said, explaining that it consists of a traditional causa dish made with Peruvian potatoes and in this case with the colors of the Peruvian flag, weighing half a ton and distributed for free to the visitors.
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