Huacatay (Tagetes minuta), a native Peruvian herb related to marigold and tarragon, has a pungent aroma somewhere between mint and basil. Among thousands of native herbs, huacatay has given Peruvian seasoning its unique zest from Incan to contemporary times.
What to buy: Because this herb has such a special flavor, there really is no substitute, though a combination of mint and coriander comes closest.
- 1In a blender or food processor, puree lime juice, vegetable oil, huacatay paste, mint, garlic, and salt to taste.
- 2Spoon over grilled tuna, swordfish, or Chilean sea bass or serve with ceviche.
This recipe, while from a trusted source, may not have been tested by the CHOW food team.