Peruvian Food Culture

Kate Zele


The main agricultural products of Peru include:

  • Potatoes
  • Corn
  • Sugarcane
  • Coffee
  • Cotton
  • The grain quinoa
  • Camu-camu: a bush that grows in the amazonian rain-forest climate of Peru which contains more vitamin C than any other known plant in the world.

Native Customs & Eating Customs


  • Breakfast is between 7-10 am and is served with coffee, tea, or fruit juices.
  • Lunch is a big meal held between noon to 2:00 pm which starts with a light first course usually soup, and followed by the main course which tends to consist of a stew and rice.
  • Dinner is later on around 8-10 pm. There is usually enough food prepared in the afternoon from lunch to carry over into dinner.
  • seafood and plantains are typical of the coastal diet, while different kinds of meat, corn, and potatoes are much more frequently consumed in the highlands

FUN FACT: Vicunas (relative of the llama and alpaca) have the finest quality of wool and were a big food source in Peru until the became endangered to the area and are now protected.

Holiday Celebrations

  • For Easter people get 2 days off of work and school where they celebrate with friends and family, they sit down and share a meal together. Sweets are the main form of celebration

Other holidays are:

  • New Years Day
  • Independence Day
  • Countryman's day
  • St. Peter & St. Paul's Day
  • National Day
  • St. Roma Lima's Day
  • Navy Day
  • All Saints' Day
  • Immaculate Conception
  • Christmas