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.

Aesthetics are everything at the markets in Peru. This bouquet of aguaymanto is almost too beautiful to eat. Known in the United States as Cape Gooseberry, aguaymanto is considered a seasonal treat in Iquitos, only available for a short period in the early summer.
Photo by Debra-Lynn Vlietsra