Tocosh (also known as Togosh) is a traditional Quechua food prepared from fermented potato pulp (corn is less common). It is often prepared for celebration events and has a strong odor and flavor. Tocosh can be used as a natural antibiotic because penicillin is produced during the fermentation process. Medicinally it is used for the common cold, gastric ulcers, pneumonia, and altitude sickness among others. The Incas believed it was a gift from Inti for preservation of the body.
The fermentation process of creating tocosh was discovered by the Incas (or possibly one of the many tribes in their empire). A pool of water with a current is found or dug on the banks of a stream. The potatoes or corn are then placed in a mesh bag of grass, covered with stones, and left undisturbed for six to twelve months. The current flows through the stones to wash away bacteria during fermentation. Once fermentation has occurred, the tocosh is dried in the sun and stored for future use.
- ESTUDIO DEL EFECTO DE TOCOSH DE PAPA COMO PROBIÓTICO EN EL CONTROL DEL PESO CORPORAL Y MAYOR CRECIMIENTO EN RATAS JOVENES FRENTE A CULTIVO DE Lactobacillus acidophillus (in Spanish), Santa Anita District, Peru: Universidad de San Martín de Porres, 2005, retrieved 2010-04-08
- Serkovic, Santos James (2003), Gastronomía Huanuqueña (in Spanish)
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