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Peruvian cuisine reflects local cooking practices and ingredients
and, through immigration, influences from Spain, China, Italy, West Africa,
and Japan. Due to a lack of ingredients from their home countries,
immigrants to Peru modified their traditional cuisines by using ingredients available in Peru.
The three traditional staples of Peruvian cuisine are corn, potatoes,
and beans. These ingredients have been combined with a
number of staples brought by the Spanish, such as rice,
wheat and meat (such as beef, pork and chicken).
Many traditional foods—such as quinoa,
kiwicha, chili peppers, and several roots
and tubers have increased in popularity in recent decades,
reflecting a revival of interest in native Peruvian foods
and culinary techniques.