Yesterday, the entire nation celebrated Potato Day, a festival created with the goal of reaffirming the identity of Peru’s principal tuber, indispensable food in all tables and most dishes in the country.
“The potato is native to the Andes, so it is rich in vitamins and antioxidants, which 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), who also promotes campaigns for the consumption and the benefits of this food.
There are more than 3,200 varieties of potatoes in Peru, and the country is the main producer in Latin America. Only in Cusco, more than 1,200 types of this tuber are produced, with a great variety of textures and colors. They are sown above 4 thousand meters above sea level.
During the event, several exhibitions of native potatoes from the high Andean areas of Peru took place, as well as samples of 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 Causa with the colors of the Peruvian flag, that weighed half a ton and was distributed for free to the visitors.
Cuasa is a traditional Peruvian dish prepared with potatoes.