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Flavors for Conservation
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.