Pineapple being cut and skins being placed in pot

My Peace Corps Kitchen: Pineapple Chicha

So, chicha is actually a fermented alcoholic drink. That’s not what this makes, but I’ve been told that the results of what I do in this recipe is called chicha. Sometimes life here is just really confusing like that.

The first couple of times that I bought pineapple, my host mom asked me for the parts that I discarded when I cut it – the skins. I then watched as she boiled those skins to make a new juice. I’m all about anything that puts garbage to work before really making it garbage, so I decided that I would try this the next time I got a pineapple.

Since then, I’ve also tried throwing in some mango peels. I’m honestly not sure if they add anything. Regardless, the results are a lightly-flavored refreshing juice.

Pineapple (and mango) Chicha

  • Servings: 4ish
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  • Equipment necessary: mesh strainer, a good blender (optional)

Ingredients

  • skin of one pineapple
  • peel of a couple mangos (optional)
  • small knob of ginger
  • sugar or honey as desired to sweeten
  • water

Directions

  1. Place the skin of one pineapple in a large pot.
  2. Cover with water.
  3. Lid the pot and bring the water to a boil. Turn off heat and allow to steam for 40 minutes.
  4. Optional step: I like to try to get everything I can from the skins though, so I throw everything in my good strong blender (the skins should be softened enough for this after all that steaming – be sure there’s nothing too hard in there).
  5. Strain through mesh strainer, collecting the juice in a pot or pitcher.
  6. Chill for several hours.
  7. Enjoy!

 

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Hey! I'm Brianna Hope, a born & bred midwesterner embarking on an adventure as a Peace Corps Volunteer in Colombia. I am clumsy, I spill a lot, and I share most of my interests with 6 year-olds.

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