Selva – product 3: fishes

The amazonian cooking is characterized by the use of fishes from the Amazone river and its affluents. They are cooked in many ways: grilled, stir-fried, deep-fried, boiled, steamed, …. Local plates such as the fish in a leaf (pescado a la hoja) or Patarashca are very emblematic of the amazonian cooking. Here is a review of some fishes you’ll be able to eat in the Peruvian amazonian forest:

Paiche, the king

Paiche with palm hearts salad at the restaurant "La Patarashca" in Tarapoto

Paiche with palm hearts salad at the restaurant “La Patarashca” in Tarapoto

It is the biggest fish you can find in the Amazone river… 2m long maximum for a weight of up to 150kg. Its scale are very strong and piranha bites are not effective on them… And, it is absolutely delicious… its flesh is very flavoury, has a very good consistency and has very few bones. Now people of the Amazone breed it. Stir-fried or grilled, you’ll be able to appreciate the delicate flouvor of its flesh.

Paiche in the waters of the Amazone (pic: Wikipedia)

Paiche in the waters of the Amazone

Doncella, the tigre of the Amazone river

Patarashca de Doncella, San Miguel

Patarashca de Doncella, San Miguel

Filete de "Doncella" a tasty cat fish of the Amazon river

Filete de “Doncella” a tasty cat fish of the Amazon river

The Doncella is a very big catfish from the Amazone river. Its is also called tiger fish because of its black stripes. Besides this features, it is a very delicious fish that you can find easily in Iquitos or Tarapoto.

It is possible to cook it in a Patarashca, see above, or “a la hoja” or stir fried.

Boquichico

Patarashca de boquichico a a laguna azul, Sauce, San Martin

Patarashca de boquichico a a laguna azul, Sauce, San Martin

Carachama, prehistoric fish

Carachama, prehistoric fish

Carachama, prehistoric fish

Palometa, piranha cousin’s

Palometa, Bélen market, Iquitos

Palometa, Bélen market, Iquitos

Gamitana

Gamitana in Maracuya sauce, la Patarashca, Tarapoto

Gamitana in Maracuya sauce, la Patarashca, Tarapoto

obviosuly there are more fishes… and there are as well protected species that shouldn’t be eaten but are found easily on the  market.

Black caiman

Black Caiman at Bélen market, Iquitos

Black Caiman at Bélen market, Iquitos

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