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The most popular fruit for the locals is the aguaje that comes from the aguaje palm that grows in the flooded jungle. Most locals in Iquitos eat the aguaje fruit and many believe they are addicted to it and have to have it every day. You will see aguaje stands where they peel the aguajes and sell them in little plastic bags normally with some salt. Depending on the time of year, they are usually 5 or 6 for one sole (about 30 cents). The aguajes are a great antioxidant


Maranon - Cashew

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and one of the best natural sources of beta carotene—Vitamin A (reported at 20 times more than carrots) as well as vitamins C, E and minerals. Aguajes also contain phytoestrogen. Because of the phytoestrogen, many believe this fruit to cause curves in women for larger butts and larger breasts and make them more fertile. The most favorite fruit drink in Iquitos is Aguajina, made from the aguajes. Enjoy trying some of the great fruits and drinks of the jungle!




Carambola - Star Fruit



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IQUITOS - Portal to the Amazon by Cliff Tulpa, Author  

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