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Let’s Celebrate Ecuador’s Independence Day

Let’s Celebrate Ecuador’s Independence Day

By Constanza Morales Oliver, August 10, 2013
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Latin America holds a delicious culinary diversity that guarantees a wide array of ideas for our homemade recipes, and Ecuador is not the exception to the rule. This August 10, Ecuador’s Independence Day is an invitation to try their best flavors. Amazingly diverse, this South American country is like culinary paradise, where recipes vary according to its four natural regions: coast, highlands, eastern Amazon lowlands and insular.

The fish typically consumed in Ecuador’s coast line comes from the Pacific Ocean or the navigable rivers of the area. One of the traditional dishes, known worldwide, is ceviche. You can eat it with a spoon because it’s quite juicy! Corn is also a staple accompaniment of meat, stews and soups. At family barbecues, grilled corn on the cob is classic!

In exotic dishes, Ecuadorians tend to include guinea pigs, which are usually enjoyed grilled at celebrations in different parts of the country. Besides its diverse dishes, Ecuador is famous for the richness of fruits. A favorite one, especially abroad, is uvilla (aguaymanto), a light fruit that resembles a tiny tomato. Also found in Colombia and Peru, this fruit features delicious culinary possibilities. Try your hand at this amazing flan with mango and aguaymanto.

This August 10, try and enjoy the best Ecuadorian flavors with your loved ones!

popped Constanza Morales Oliver
I was born a Colombian but became a Boricua after marriage. I was born to be a journalist, but I am also passionate about children’s literature. I moved to South Florida and soon discovered a fascinating new world—my kitchen! When I cook, I fall back on my journalistic roots: I investigate and explore. I like to think of my kitchen as a library, where the most important element is an old rolodex full of recipes, notes, and tips about my discoveries. My family is diverse, and as such my favorite dishes are those that honor the diversity that defines Latino cuisine. After all, I believe that’s the best way to reinvent our traditions and to make sure they survive generation after generation.

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