#5 – Picarones

One of the most unique and local desserts not to miss is the Picarones. Picarones are a kind of doughnut that is unique to Peru. The principal ingredients are sweet potato and squash. Typically sold in sets of four, they are deep fried and served with cane syrup called chancaca.

At markets around town and at local festivals and events, Picarones will be one of the popular desserts available. Although these sweet treats are deep fried, they are made with squash and sweet potato, allowing you to eat all four pieces, guilt free.

Deep fried squash and sweet potato
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