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In Ecuador protein sources are difficult for many people to obtain. Many families raise guinea pigs as a source of protein. I had wondered why they didn´t raise rabbits instead and was told that rabbits are much more difficult, they are more prone to death from cold weather or wet conditions. It seems that guinea pigs are the way to go here. Part of the agricultural initiative is teaching people to pen the animals, give them clean water and clean food, then they grow much larger and are not so rodent like. They are also taught to do this with the chickens they raise, and guess what now they can find the eggs, another source of protein. Anyway as we were driving Fernando stopped at this roadside café, he is always joking about us trying cui (guinea pig). There is also pork at many roadside stands, whole pigs roasted and ready for lunch, the head is apparently a delicacy. We have had the pork but not the cui.
Cui on the barbie!