- Dec 10, 2020
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- East Coast, USA
This so much.Understatement of the past few centuries. It is easy to forget that before trade routes were established to the Americas, Italian and Spanish folks had never laid eyes on a tomato. Likewise, until the Portuguese established trade routes through the middle east, India, China, Thailand, Vietnam, and the rest of those countries in Asia, so famous for their fiery cuisine, had never seen a chili pepper. Potatoes have a similar story, and now they are so associated with European cuisine.
For folks listing out countries where they believe have the most interesting and exciting cuisine, if you've never explored it, go to Peru, a place with a unique culinary culture with so many immigrant influences cross pollinated by their unique gifts of the sea, land, mountains, and jungle (viva the aji chili peppers!).
I ate a lot of Iraqi food growing up, I would guess 70-80% of the dishes use either tomato’s or potato’s.
And imagine Indian food without either of those ingredients, or peppers?
And especially Korean food without peppers. Trade built pretty much every cuisine in the world. Except the British. They never used any of the spices that sailed up the Thames.