Participant Portfolios / Momposino Depression

Óscar Pupo

cheese maker, Mompox

Óscar Pupo is a traditional queso de capa cheesemaker. Brought to the Mompox region by Italians, queso de capa closely resembles a soft mozzarella cheese. Óscar learned his trade in the family. Today he produces at least a hundred cheeses a day that he distributes throughout the city.

Óscar Pupo

Óscar Pupo (right) and Joel Pérez Chavez (left) talk about food preparations in the Momposino Depression and the Southeastern Plains, respectively, while María Angélica Rodriguez Ibañez translates for the audience.
Photo by Cristina Díaz-Carrera, Smithsonian Institution