Chicha for Everyone!

September 15, 2013  •  Leave a Comment

Stopped at Paucartambo for a look around and to make a phone call.  Found this neat older lady sitting out front of her house with corn/maize mixture ground and drying in the heavy air.  At least the sun was shining!  She was making Chicha!  What a great experience seeing this stuff being made.  After talking to her thru an interpreter, she said I could step into her kitchen and see the batch brewing on her table.  I wasted no time in getting in and shooting a few images.  Chicha is an amazing drink coming in several varieties and flavors as well as varying levels of alcohol level.  I had been drinking this stuff since our first day in Peru and now I was seeing it being made up close and personal.  I offered the lady some money for the time and photos; held out my hand with a bunch of coins.  She took two coins, US value of about $0.15; I tried to give her a Sol worth about $0.30 but she was happy with the two smaller denominations.  Have to love the locals in these little rain forest towns.

Drying Corn/MaizeUsed in making Chicha, the corn and maize are ground, dried and mixed with other ingredients before the addition of water. The whole mixture is set aside for fermentation to take place. Chicha fermentingThis was her kitchen, sparse and basically empty except for a motorcycle in need of parts and a few basic ingredients on shelves.


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