Making a Living
What do people eat?
||Manioc, also called cassava
and yuca, is a staple food for the Quichua. It grows underground,
like a potato. Most people also boil it like a potato. However, it does
not taste like a potato. It's starchy and rather bland.|
|Plantains look like large bananas,
but they have a bitter taste unless cooked. They can be picked green or
||The Quichua add variety to their
diet with other crops such as sweet potato, chili peppers, and various fruits
and nuts from the forest. They also enjoy an annual harvest of queen ants
with egg sacs. The ants can be eaten fresh, but are often fried and eaten
wtih a side of manioc (left).|
Would you like
to learn more about the animals
that you'd eat in the Amazon?