Chef Klaas De Meulder’s Favorite Colombian IngredientsA Belgian transplant to Colombia, Klaas De Meulder is founder of Co | Compana. Here, he speaks on his favorite ingredients from the Colombian kitchen.

Chef Klaas De Meulder’s Favorite Colombian IngredientsA Belgian transplant to Colombia, Klaas De Meulder is founder of Co | Compana. Here, he speaks on his favorite ingredients from the Colombian kitchen.

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Papa

Papa encompasses nearly 200 different types of potatoes. It may not come to mind as the archetypal ingredient of Colombian cuisine, but it dominates as the major plant in the country’s gastronomic landscape.

Though native to South America, papa is now used around the world. Today, however, the culinary community is trying to rescue and utilize local ingredients. With its flavor, texture, color and shape differing across regions, papa is extremely versatile; the potential is still being discovered.

Yuca

Yuca, also known as cassava, was a staple food for the pre-Colombian indigenous people. It remains an essential ingredient—at times it’s been described as “bread of the tropics.”

In many ways, the yuca is similar to a potato, but it’s much more fibrous. As with a number ...

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