Ecuador

Friend or Food?

Cuy sold at the local co-op

On Friday, Phyllis and I took our teachers Patty and Lucia out to lunch for cuy.  Cuy is guinea pig and it is a special treat for Ecuadorians reserved for holidays and special occasions.  Ecuadorians think it is funny that we keep guinea pigs as pets.  The name guinea pig comes from England.  Guinea pigs were shipped to Europe and because in the 17th and 18th centuries they were sold for one guinea (the English currency,) they were called guinea pigs.

The cuy was okay, but not my favorite.  It tasted a bit like chicken but certainly not as good.  The cuy came split into five pieces with two arms, two legs and a head.  I had one of the legs.  It had a super crunchy skin that was even harder than a stale chip.  The best part of the meal was the mora (blackberry) juice.  It tasted so good that I had three cups.  YUUUUUM!!!!

My teacher Patty enjoying her cuy

My very own cuy leg!

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