ají: Peruvian word for chili peppers.
ceviche: A fish dish made by marinating fish in lime juice. (Also spelled cebiche or seviche.)
chancaca: A type of brown sugar.
chifa: Peruvian-Chinese style of cooking.
choclo: Peruvian word for corn.
chuño: Freeze-dried potatoes.
conquistador: A Spanish explorer who came to the Americas seeking gold and riches.
cuy: Peruvian word for guinea pig.
Inca: A group of native South American people who ruled a large empire from the 12th to the mid-16th centuries, whose capital was in Cusco, Peru.
llama: A domesticated South American animal re- lated to camels with a wooly coat.
lúcumas: Tropical fruit native to Peru.
manjar blanco: Caramel cream popular in Peru.
nougat: A chewy sweet made with sugar or honey, nuts or seeds, and/or dried fruit.
panettóne: A tall sweet bread similar to fruitcake.
pre-Columbian: Time before the arrival of Christo- pher Columbus to the Americas.
puree: To turn solid food into a soft moist paste.
salsa: Spicy sauce usually made of peppers, onions, and spices.