Selva – products 2 : fruits

In the series of the products of the selva, fruits of the amazon forest are very attractive. Numerous, colourful and delicious, they have interesting properties for human body.

Most of the fruits are consumed directly and are not used for baking since they ARE a dessert for people in the selva.

Maracuya – Passion fruit

The variety found in Peru is yellow ( the purple one is from Brazil), very juicy so it is widely used for juices (refrescos). It is also possible to eat it directly, use it in bakery or in a sauce for local fish and meat.

Gamitana in Maracuya sauce, la Patarashca, Tarapoto

Gamitana in Maracuya sauce, la Patarashca, Tarapoto

White chocolate and maracuya pie at  Bisseti café, Lima

White chocolate and maracuya pie at Bisseti café, Lima

Camu-camu

Camu-camu is a very small fruit which looks like a grape. It is very acidic so it is used mainly for juices. On top of being deliciously, it has a high content of vitamin C and according to some studies, it is said to be a good antidepressant… just go for it!

Camu-camu at Bélen market, Iquitos

Camu-camu at Bélen market, Iquitos

Refresco de camu-camu (juice) at "La Noche", Iquitos

Refresco de camu-camu (juice) at “La Noche”, Iquitos

Aguaje

This fruit is very popular for women since it contains feminine hormones. It is recommanded to women in the selva for many reasons: after child birth, menopause, …

Its skin looks like scales and the seeds is very big. The yellow flesh is not acid at all and produces a thick juice that is usually diluted for refrescos. It is also possible to eat directly.

To know more about the aguaje, an article in spanish on the varities and how to prepare it.

Aguaje for sale in the street at Lamas, San Martin

Aguaje for sale in the street at Lamas, San Martin

Aguaje without skin ready to eat

Aguaje without skin ready to eat

Cocona

Cocona is a very juicy fruit that is used in refrescos and also as the base of a widely-spread sauce for fish dishes. With aji charapita and wild cilantro, it makes a sauce that is perfect with Caiman or crocodile as many people suggest in the merket of Bélen…even if if hunting caiman is forbidden in Peru…

Cocona

Cocona

Guanábana or Anona – mountain soursop

Very juicy fruit with high content of vitamins A and C, it has to be eaten when it is soft.

Guanabana at Tarapoto market

Guanabana at Tarapoto market

 

Sources: El Comercio (in spanish)

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