Trucha, or trout, is a Peruvian favorite – especially near Lake Titikaka. However, it should be noted that it is not a Peruvian classic: that is, it’s not a native fish of Lake Titikaka. Rather, trucha was introduced from Canada in 1930 as a means to “beef-up” the size of the lake fish (likewise King-fish were brought from Argentina). Sadly, only 4 native species of fish now remain in Lake Titikaka – a tragic consequence of the food industry’s desire for greater profitability (http://www.unesco.org/water/wwap/case_studies/titicaca_lake/).
Regardless of origin and bio-ecologic consequences, trucha still finds it’s way to the dinner plate (and my mouth!). The most common type we encountered was the pink-fleshed trout, pictured above, which has the look of salmon but the taste of rainbow trout. Provecho!