“Jerky” may seem like a strange name, but it is actually derived from a word in the Quechua language, spoken by the indigenous people of the Peruvian Andes. Their word for dried beef, ch’arki, gradually evolved into “jerky” after the dish was ingratiated into the Anglosphere.

The enormous popularity of beef jerky in North, South and Central America has led it to become a staple of American cuisine, but it has healthy market growth in countless countries across the globe. So, the etymology (name origin) of “jerky” pays homage to the recipe’s roots in antiquity. The more you know!