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Aguaje - is it really worth the effort?

PERU | Saturday, 14 October 2006 | Views [7396] | Comments [3]

After 5 minutes of trying to flick the red-brown reptilian like peel from an aguaje fruit, a peruvian woman frustrated with my ineptitude grabs it & descales it rapidly with her thumbnail. I am grateful but secretly hope that she has washed her hands today. And underneath is an inedible giant seed thinly covered with 3mm of bright orange flesh. Using my teeth I scrape the vaguely tangy butterish but stringy flesh from the seed. The taste does nothing for me but the palm fruit is incredibly popular amongst jungle folk in Iquitos & all along the Amazon River. Aguaje has inspired favourite treats such as aguaje flavoured yogurt treats & icecream - aguaje, milk & LOTS of sugar. I'm not a convert & I puzzle over why a fruit that gets orange goop under your fingernails & clearly requires more caloric energy to peel than it provides, is so popular. Local lore says that aguaje is rich in female hormones (oestrogens) & has caused the female population of Iquitos to outnumber men 5 times to 1. If a pregnant woman eats this fruit her unborn child will surely be a girl. Men are warned that occasional tasting of aguaje is ok, but over indulgence will result in the sprouting of breasts!

Tags: Food & eating

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Hi. But what will it do for women's body? I used maca and am interest in using aguaje. Can you buy this at local fresh food stores?

  Yolanda Dec 17, 2010 10:59 AM

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Hello, my name is Allise Fountain and I am writing a book about... well... growing a bigger butt naturally, it's a popular subject amongst young women right now with celebrities like Kim Kardashian and Jennifer Lopez floating around. May I quote you for this book? I will let you know when the book will be released and where when it is. I would like to use this quote and properly add you to my bibliography as follows:

"Aguaje - is it really worth the effort?" WorldNomads, accessed on March 16th 2011, http://journals.worldnomads.com/nomad_vet/story/1750/Peru/Aguaje-is-it-really-worth-the-effort

"Local lore says that aguaje is rich in female hormones (oestrogens) & has caused the female population of Iquitos to outnumber men 5 times to 1. If a pregnant woman eats the fruit her unborn child will surely be a girl. Men are warned that occasional tasting of aguaje is ok, but over indulgence will result in the sprouting of breasts!"

I hope to hear back from you and thank you for your time. If you do give me permission could you please email me at allisefountain@yahoo.com

Sincerely,

-Allise Fountain

  Allise Fountain Mar 17, 2011 5:23 PM

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I am a bit afraid to try Aguaje because I like my body ..butt is great for my size but breast can use some volume. This would be a plus for me but in all the reason why I need this product is for my menstrual cycle. It's years I dont get it because of complications I encountered with health. Im 35 and because its years I dont get it, I fear menopause and all the symptoms that come with it.I want to be a women again and bare some children but I dont want to gain weight. I am pear shaped already so whats ur opinion?
Bruna

  Bruna Garreffa Feb 9, 2013 10:00 PM

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