The Cheese Shop
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The man inside offered us samples of his cheeses—one was a smoked variety. They also combine oregano in one of the cheeses, and Muña in another. Muña is a herb in the mint family and is used here by the Quechua people often in a herbal tea. It does have a very minty flavor. When I was visiting Isla Amantani in Lake Titicaca, it was the only tea available. You can learn more about the herb and its properties here.
|Fresh plain yogurt and muña cheese|
So I came home with one round of hard cheese and a liter of fresh home-made yogurt.
Today (Tuesday) I have eaten more than half the cheese almost all the yogurt; so I was glad that Lyle and Lily volunteered to go over and pick up more cheese and yogurt for me on their way to Cusco.
For those of you who are interested in what it costs to eat fresh and healthy food here, the liter of yogurt was S/6 (about $2.00) and the cheese was S/10 (about $3.25).
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