The culinary traditions of the Shuar people include shuar soup (which contains Chinese potato, cassava, greens, squash, plantain, pelma, butter or oil and onion), duck broth with yucca (based on palm hearts and onions) and the ayampacos (fish, bush meat, beef, chicken, duck or giblets, wrapped in aromatic leaves and cooked on the grill) (MIES, 2010).
The “chicha” is the most important drink on a social level. The Shuars take it when they start their workdays, to celebrate special occasions and when there are mingas or other communal jobs. It is a “food-drink and it works as a means of social cohesion, since it is provided as an act of reciprocity” (MIES, 2010). It is mainly made from cassava or chonta, and secondarily it can be made from corn, papaya, plantain or palma.