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Volume 6, Issue 10, May 14, 2014
The Incan temples and pyramids were re-discovered by the Spanish Conquistadors and is the oldest civilization in South America to be discovered after many years of being hidden from the outside world. The Peruvian region is covered by the tropical rainforest and the Andean mountains where the landscape is canopied by the lush shrubs, trees, plants, and vegetation in the tropical region. The climate of the region fluctuates with the regions different temperatures and climate, like its variety of landscape. Some of the areas are tropical and filled with vegetation; others still are mountainous and cavernous. The climate fluctuates from hot and humid to dry and arid.
The elevations of the Andean Mountains can reach up to 11,000 feet above sea level and surrounds the Incan temples and pyramids of Macchu Picchu. Lush and green are the entryways to the temples, especially the capital (Cusco), that are separated by its own routing system and walkways. Royals and common-folk were separated and the entryways reflect the separation in areas of common place. The temples and pyramid were made of limestone slabs and like there sister pyramids in the Americas are a mystery of how they were built. The theories of how they came to be created are many, but the truth is they are a mysterious wonder, and are part of the new wonders of the world.
The eco-system is teaming with many forms of life from vegetation to animals and to human beings that are part of the ingenious people and tribes of this wonderland of rainforest surroundings. Some of the spices that are produced from this rich landscape with its nutrient-rich rainforest and region are rare, and cannot be found anywhere else in the world. Spices are produced by drying leaves, twigs, trees, plants, roots, herbs, shrubs, and various vegetation. After they are dried they are pounded down into a powder or flour and used or engaged in cuisine, medicine, and other various uses.
Medicinal engagement not only includes the ingestion or swallowing of the spice, but they can be engaged and used by placing it on the skin. When put on the skin it goes right through the pores into the bloodstream where there is an immediate sensation or penetration to the body functions. This is what the ingenious people of Peru and other ingenious people in Latin America and the America’s learned to treat, cure, and use alternate medicine.
So when you smell the aromas another one of your senses is activated and immobilized by the sense of smell. Our body functions are activated and they respond and react to different flavors that come in their natural forms. We smell, taste, see, feel, and hear its natural environment and when we engage it with our senses we respond, react, and are stimulated by the engagement of the product.
Some of the most common spices of the Peruvian Region are dried Aji, Red Rocoto Pepper, Cilantro, dried mint, dried anise, and dried parsley.
It is a spicy concoction of orange chili peppers and is a mixture with other spices to produce Aji. This spice is actually produced in Peru.
Mint comes in several different varieties and they are:
- Corn Mint (Bo He)
- Corsican Mint
- Korean Mint
- Mexican Mint Marigold
- Mountain Mint
- Fresh Mint
- Dried Mint Leaf
- Calamint Lesser
- Calamint Large Flower
These types of mint grow in droves of different trees and shrubs they grow from 20 cm or 8 inches, to a height of over five feet tall. There are actual farms that cultivate this wonderful mint in 67,000 acres of land in the United States.
Most of these mints are woody and pungent and are used as aromatherapy, rubbed onto the skin, and ingested in foods like stews and roasts, and used in teas.
This plant, shrub, and tree have about 40 medicinal uses and cures under its belt. A naturalist and philosopher Gaius Plinius Secundus (Pliny) documented the uses and the engagement of the mints to cure over 40 diseases and documented the proof with Queen Elizabeth of England.
Some of the medicinal remedies that mints are engaged in are stomach and intestinal gas, tender muscles, and upper respiratory ailments.
Red Rocoto Pepper
This spicy concoction is a mix of peppers mainly the red type and is used and engaged to produce a red sauce and it is also engaged in its grounded or powdered form.
Is also known as coriander and Culantrillo is wildly used in essential spices worldwide. This annual herb is grows up to a height of one to three feet and is indigenous to the Mediterranean and southern Europe. It blooms a wild flower like lace, which come in shades of white, purple or pink hues. Its branches grow in vivid green shades.
The Peruvians engage the leaves and seeds to garnish dishes and are also engaged in mixtures of spices of peppers, salts, oils and other spices to produce wonderful spices for ceviche and other recipes.
The natural antioxidants in this fern or plant are essential in the combat against infections, bacteria colic, piles, and fungi. The spice is also used for indigestion, flatulence and diarrhea.
Mixed and engaged in curry powders for cooking it is also engaged in cooking wonderful seafood dishes.
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