QUITO, Ecuador (AP) – This is the true scent of ice cream: Guinea pig.
Anyone who regards guinea pigs as pets – cute, toothed, creaking bundles of fur – may find this idea difficult to digest.  Rodents are a traditional hot meal in some Latin American countries, including Colombia, Peru and Bolivia. In Ecuador, people usually cook guinea pigs with salt and serve them with potatoes and peanut sauce. But one salesman takes things to another gastronomic level by serving guinea pigs as a cold dessert.
Some people like ice cream made from "kui" as an animal known locally.
"I was suspicious, but it was delicious," said Marlene Franco, a 78-year-old retired woman who tried a scoop in a stall near the highway linking Ecuadorian capital Quito to Sangolqui.
Pilapany's operation is small, consisting of two tables in an open area, laid out by dental clinics, and other businesses. weekly business ez prepares 150 servings of guinea pig ice cream ($ 1 per cone)
She also makes 40 servings of flavored beetles, also traditionally eaten as a salty snack, and less mushroom ice
"My family and my husband believed that i was crazy. They didn't think anyone loved these ice creams, but now they are our staple, "said Pilapagna, who admits she had her own doubts about whether her investments would pay off.
It was a vigilant call. , with three kids in tow, Pilapanya started attending free entrepreneurial training courses, challenged to do something innovative, and after six months of testing, she began selling ice cream assortments in early September.
nuts after cooking and cooking animal pate, add milk or cream and cool the damage to a coarse ice cream taste.
Beetroot and mushroom ice cream include fruits such as pineapple and apiary.
Ants, cicadas, and worms used to make desserts, often with chocolate-filled chocolate, in parts of Latin America. But the inclusion of such ingredients – guinea pigs – in ice cream is unusual.
Caroline Paes, director of the School of Anthropology at the Catholic University of Quito, is not surprised.
"Guinea pig is a very important ancient food in Andean indigenous indigenous societies, especially with high protein content," she said. Pause said other cultures feed on different species of animals, "so there is no wonder that Ecuadorians eat guinea pigs. even the ice cream. "
For Pilapany the guinea pig ice cream is just the beginning. She has new flavors: crabs, chicken and pork.
" Seeing my business rise, I'm sure I'll be fine, "she said she.