Alumni CLASnotes Spring 2009
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Flavors for Conservation

Geographer Nigel Smith has spent his career researching and promoting fruits most of us have never heard of, but which might some day be grocery staples. For more information on this rainforest bounty, pick up a copy of Smith's book Amazon River Fruits, or visit National Geographic News at to read a featured article on his research.

Below: Rich in vitamins C and A, aguaje (Mauritia flexuosa) is the Amazon's answer to oranges and carrots. It is one of more than a hundred wild and domesticated fruits available to residents of Peru's Pacaya Samiria National Reserve. Mainly a children's treat in the Peruvian Amazon, the sweet, juicy yumanasa (Muntingia calabura) is common along the banks of sediment-rich rivers.


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