Woman Selling Corn

Woman Selling CornWhen you see a woman selling corn, you can guess she lives at a lower elevation. She has walked up the steep slope to Chinchero from the valley where her family grows corn.

In the Inca empire corn was grown especially for the royalty, the army and to treat those working on state projects. (In the Inca empire a family’s taxes were paid by work service.)

Today corn is sometimes served inside its husk surrounded by melted cheese, or in the husk ground and flavored with sugar and spices. Different kinds of corns are cooked in soups and stews. Corn can be stored for use during the growing season. Children enjoy popcorn at the market.