Atacama No. 2: Ricarica

Posted on Jan 29, 2014 in Hiroko's Blog


Wherever I travel abroad I love to discover local medicinal greens and glasses. I asked Martin to make sure to show me if he spotted any of such greens or glasses on our expedition. On our way to Valle de la Luna Martin stopped the driver in the middle of hot dessert and let me out of the van. He pointed low small bushes and called it ‘ricarica’. Noticeably minty, rosemary-like flavor with a slight astringency and acidity exploded in my mouth, when I chewed it. Martin said, “It is good for stomach. When my boy has stomach problem I make him an infused tea with ricarica.” You can find ricarica sherbet also at BABALU HELADERIA.