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Peruvians enjoy eating guinea pig, which they call cuy
After watching the many videos about guinea pigs on Internet I have come to realize that people really like to keep them as pets! Guinea pigs have enjoyed popularity as they are very docile in nature and easy to feed and handle. Although I have never eaten any cuy, which is what they are called in my country, I would not mind trying some next time I go to Peru!
The cuy, or guinea pig, is a type of rodent that comes originally from the high Andean region. Despite their name, these animals are not pigs and they do not come from Guinea either! They are originally from the Andes, especially from countries like Peru, Colombia and Ecuador. These animals play an important role in the Andean folk culture and medicine and as a food too, as they constitute an important source of protein for indigenous people.
The word cuy does not come from the Spanish, but it is a quechua word. Cuy, cuy is the sound those rodents make.
This an article called Cuy (guinea pig) lover's page and it has many interesting pictures and links to adventurous activities! Big G\'s Place - Food
This is another interesting article that talks about how to eat a guinea pig and how to cook one, if you really must! Inspired by the memories of her childhood pets Fluffy and Mickey, Lynn Levin travels to Peru in the hope of eating a small furry dish so repellent that she can brag about it for the rest of her life! How to eat a guinea pig | More Intelligent Life
The title of the next article also has the funny title To Cuy Or Not to Cuy | she eats.
Food and recipes
- How would you like your Guinea Pig served?
Imagine you are in Peru looking through a menu in Spanish and you come across …
The Spanish version of "The Last Supper", painted Just For Peru!
By Marcos Zapata, showing Christ and The Apostles
having guinea-pig, with a glass of chicha!
Judas has the face of Francisco Pizarro, the Conquistador,
credited with the capture and murder of the Inca Emperor Atahualpa.