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Api (Chicha morada)

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Chicha is a term used in some regions of Latin America for several varieties of fermented beverages, particularly those derived from maize, but which also describes similar non-alcoholic beverages. Chicha may also be made from manioc root (also called yuca or cassava), or fruits, and other ingredients.

Chicha morada is not fermented. It is usually made of ears of purple maize (choclo morado) which are boiled with pineapple rind, cinnamon, and clove. This gives a strong purple-colored liquid which is then mixed with sugar and lemon. This beverage is usually taken as a refreshment, but in recent years many health benefits of purple corn have been found.

Chicha morada is known as api in Bolivia and is generally drunk as an accompaniment to empanadas. In Bolivia chicha is most often made from maize but amaranth chicha is also traditional and popular. Bolivian chicha has no alcohol.

Chicha Morada is said to reduce blood pressure.

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Chicha Morada - The Purple Corn Drink,