Got the food blues in Bolivia
If you’re feeling a little blue, then travelling to Bolivia could be right up your alley thanks to a great local treat.
Maize is a food with endless permutations; fresh, popped, ground into flour for bread, as a syrup, or an oil. Travelling through Latin America you will find so many delicious foods with maize as the main ingredient. Travelling in Bolivia you will find something extra special. A blue maize drink called api.
In the high altitudes of this incredible country, there is nothing as delightful as sitting on an old wooden bench in a crowded market and being served this hot, thick, purple drink by a Quechan woman in layers of skirts and a bowler hat. Cooked in a big cauldron-like pot, this rich colourful drink is made with cinnamon, cloves, sugar and lemon – so it will not only warm your spirits but nourish your soul.
You’ll find it all over Bolivia in markets, at street stalls, and in cafes. Try it with humitas (fresh corn with cheese wrapped in corn leaves and steamed) or for breakfast with saltenas (a savoury pastry of chicken or meat with potatoes, greens and sauce) – trust me, it’s more delicious than it looks!
* Photo of women in Bolivia by Adam Williams.