Chicha Morada is a sweet, fruity drink made from a base of corn and pineapple. Morada means purple, and the drink's rich, purple color comes from the center of the likewise colored cobs, not the kernels.
Many Latin countries have different types of chicha. In Chile, it's a type of alcoholic beverage made at home. Peru has two types of chicha, with the other called Chicha de Jora, also alcoholic, and made from a different type of corn (that's not purple).
When buying the cobs for Chicha Morada, ask for maíz morado in the market. Break the cob in two and look for a consistent purple color—excessive white is not desirable, as darker colors are tastier and give off more color
Recipe for Chicha Morada
- Boil the cobs of corn in water up to three times, replenishing evaporated water during each boiling
- Add pineapple peel, cinnamon, cloves, and apples (best if used with the variety of apples used with applesauce)
- Once the liquid is cold, add sugar and limejuice
- Serve only the liquid, or the liquid with diced apples