Treasure Hunting: Exploring the Markets of the Peruvian Amazon

Along the Amazon River, the markets in Iquitos, Peru offer many rare Amazon fruits, including aguaje and camu camu.

This gargantuan cucurbit, Zapallo Macre — or giant Peruvian squash — can be found all over Peruvian markets; locals prefer this squash for soups because of its watery texture and ability to breakdown into a creamy broth easily. It has great potential to be grown in the United States.
Photo by Debra-Lynn Vlietsra