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.

These small red camu camu fruits contain an impressive amount of vitamin C, about 17 times that of an orange! The fruits are considered a powerful immune booster and are beloved by locals. The small bushes are semi aquatic, and the fruits are mostly harvested by and into small wooden canoes.
Photo by Debra-Lynn Vlietsra