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Chicha Morada - Purple Healthfood

By July 9, 2010

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Chicha morada is an interesting spicy/sweet Andean drink made from purple corn, pineapple, and spices. A small glass of chicha morada and an alfajor cookie is a popular afternoon snack in cities like Cusco and La Paz. Small cups of dark purple chicha morada are served at children's birthday parties in Lima, where it has a tendency to spill on white party dresses and make permanent stains.

Chicha morada is also believed to have very healthful properties.  Apparently it's quite rich in antioxidants -including resveratrol, the antioxidant in red wine.  Although this nutritious purple corn is native to the Andes, you can find dried purple corn at Latin food markets, which works perfectly for making chicha morada, as well the dessert mazamorra morada, a purple corn pudding.

More About Chicha Morada
Mazamorra Morada - Purple Corn Pudding
Pie de Mazamorra Morada
How to Make the Chicha Morada (Super Peruvian Resveratrol Drink) : The Renegade Health Show Episode

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