Culture & History | July 15, 2011 [ 9:49 ]
Peruvians to eat 2 million chickens on Pollo a la Brasa DayLivinginPeru.com
|Pollo a la brasa (Photo: Carsten Korch )
Peruvians will consume close to two million chickens this Sunday, in honor of Pollo a la Brasa (Rotisserie Chicken) Day.
So estimates the Ministry of Agriculture, speculating that on this date, chicken consumption will rise anywhere from 15% to 20%
In a report published in Los Andes, Victor Noriega, director of the Ministry’s department Agrarian Competitiveness, stated that the production of chickens comes to 45 million per month, or a 1.5 million per day.
This allows national consumption of the bird to come to 32 kilos per capita, one of the highest in South America.
He figured that going by this data, poultry dishes, such as the emblematic pollo a la brasa are among the most eaten by Peruvians in restaurants. Peruvians who go out to eat, said Noriega, are more likely to go to chicken restaurants than to chifas (Chinese restaurants) or cevicherías. Chicken, Noriega said, is a favorite in Peru’s “national table.”
Noriega also added that Peru’s distinct rotisserie chicken is one of the principal international representatives of Peruvian cuisine, and that Peru’s government is attempting to introduce it to markets in Europe and Asia.