Happy Friday, everyone!
The first picture is of massive fields of potatoes that were in bloom when we vied in February. Over 4,000 varieties of native potatoes grow in the Andean highlands of Peru. The potato is part of the culinary culture of Peru and for many Peruvians the tuber is their main staple food. We were told that a woman was not ready to marry until she can know which potato variety is suitable for what type of dish. No self-respecting cook would mix the watery potatoes suitable for soup with a starchy variety suitable for frying.
The second shot is actually of a plant nursery which consists of "sunken" circular terraces. They were dug into the ground and resemble meteorite craters. It is believed that the Incas were experimenting by planting under different conditions: it was colder deeper in the craters, warmer on the higher levels and again, different types of soil were used according to plant species and the sunlight intensity was also variating from higher to lower ground. In Spanish, the stepped agricultural "systems" are called "andinas", which comes from the word Andes. The name of the mountains that stretch from Venezuela through Colombia, Ecuador and Peru, then further down to Bolivia, Chile and Argentina.