Araucanía, a region in central Chile
where Mapuche culture is alive and thriving, is a great place in which to try the indigenous cuisine. The sacred pehuén tree, also called an araucaria, is the source of one of the area’s greatest delicacies: piñon nuts, which are toasted to jazz up salsas and salads or dried and ground for use as flour. Among other Mapuche favorites are long flatbreads known as catutos
, spread with honey or local berry jams and served on special occasions.