Chicha Morada : Peruvian Purple Corn Drink … Refreshing Purple Goodness !

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Chicha Morada. A very popular Peruvian unfermented and sweet purple maize corn drink that is likely older than the Incan civilization that carried it throughout the Andean countries. “Chicha” refers to a fermented , or,  in this case, unfermented/non-alcoholic corn drink. “Morada” is “purple” in spanish, referring to the Peruvian purple maize.  But don’t let the name fool you or deter you from trying this traditional soft drink… you wouldn’t even believe its made from corn.  Chicha morada is made by boiling the purple corn, cinnamon sticks, cloves, pineapple and other fruits to your liking, then adding sugar and lemon juice to give it that yummy fresh taste.

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Aside from its lively flavour, chicha morada is packed full of disease-preventing properties!  The deep purple colour of the maize is a strong antioxident referred to as cyanidin-3-O-β-glucopyranoside (C3G). C3G has been the subject of many studies that have found many potential and proven disease-protecting properties such as cancer prevention, anti-inflammatory capabilities, cholesterol lowering and blood-sugar lowering capabilities that can decrease your risk of diabetes and obesity. Yummy natural goodness!

At El Fogon Restaurant we make our own homemade Chicha Morada with imported Peruvian Purple Maize (subject to availability of imported corn).  Come visit us and enjoy the benefits of this refreshing, cool traditional drink.

 

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