I’m thankful for the boiling water. Because of it, I was able to try choclo on our recent trip to Peru. I’m not sure I would have chanced it otherwise, and I really wanted to try it. It was really good.
Choclo, of course, is a variety of large kernel white corn commonly served as a street food in Peru. It’s just cooked and has a little salt sprinkled on it, often with a little chuck of cheese that doesn’t really melt much stuffed in the husk.
These were everywhere in Peru, but usually were being sold out of a bag by a little old woman. It was only a vegetable and was cooked, usually markers of safety, but I’m always wary when you don’t see the food cooked. All that has to happen is someone rinses the corn in cold water after cooking and we can be back into food poisoning territory again.
That’s no good on a long trip.
Luckily, as we were coming back to the bus from one of the Inca sites we visited, we saw a little old woman who was actually boiling them in front of us. I could see it had just been cooked, and hadn’t been rinsed with any cold water. Thus, I could trust it. I’m so glad I did too. It was delicious. There are so many varieties of vegetables that I think I know, like corn and potatoes, common in Peru that are so different from the ones I know here in the United States. It’s really cool to get to try a few and see the differences.
Wouldn’t have been able to trust it if that woman hadn’t been boiling it right there. So glad for that. It was a cool thing to be able to try.