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What do they eat?

A meal for Huaoranis is usually fruits, some meat or fish, and some yuca or platano (green bake bananas). They mostly drink chicha. This is a drink made of cooked yuca, which they chew and leave for a while to ferment. If they have to walk for days, they just bring some squeezed cooked, chewed and fermented yuca, which they put in some water when they want to drink. This is very nutritious.
If there is a party they make the chicha days before, the longer they leave it to ferment, the more alcohol it will contain.
Beside yuca, they also make chicha with Chonta. They do not need to chew this, so this is without human saliva (spit). The same with Chapil.

Platano (Green bananas) they always eat platano or yuca with their meals, cooked or grill. Before the aluminum pots they used to grill them on a fire. Other indegenas have clay pans.

Yuca (cassava/manioc) they cook it to eat it with meat. They also make Chicha: they cook it and chew it and leave it to ferment. The longer they leave it, the more alcohol it will get.

Camote (sweet potato) sometimes they use the sweet potato to add to yuca in chichi, so it ferments faster, because of the sugars it contains. They sometimes find it, they do not grow this. (Shuaras indigenes do eat it more)

Corn sometimes they cook and eat that


Chonta (orange-red fruits they cook it, peel it and smash it with a stick, and then add water to make chicha. This is very nutritious. Sometimes they leave it to ferment, but mostly they drink it right away.)

Morete (appel-size with brownish bubbly skin, they cook it and peel of the thin skin with their teeth and bite the bright yellow flesh right of the huge seed)

Chapil (dark blakish big-grape size, cook and peel of the skin (sometimes with help of a stick to crack the skin) and eat the purple flesh of the seed. For example when they go hunting, they eat this at night, sitting by the fire, together, while talking about the plans for the next day. Sometimes they make Chicha of this fruit, with water. So they cook and peel it and with the water they drink it without fermenting it, it is nice and sweet. Some people even compare this to chocolate. The seeds are beautiful and decorative.

Uva de monte (round big grapelike fruits, with one big seed. The skin is very rough (like sandpaper) and they do not eat this. The flesh is delicious and between the flesh and the seed is some watery fluid, which is sweet and delicious too.

Guavas (black very long flat beanlike fruit, with big purple seeds covered in a soft white flesh, which they eat and spit out the seeds.) The leaves of this tree (10-16m high) cooked work as a antiseptic (disinfecting) and it will help heal wounds quickly. Eating / drinking is poisonous, just putting it on the wounds. The fruits are there twice a year May and July.

Guayaba (apple-size green-yellow fruit with yellow-reddish flesh, peel and eat, lots of vitamin C, leaves and skin made in tea: antibiotic, anti-diarrhea, styptic (stops bleeding), disinfecting)

Ugurahua (the oil of this fruit is also used for skin and nail products and hair masks)

Guarana (this bright red small fruits (a few together) is also called a superfood and used for all kinds of things including against cellulite)

Coco de monte (drink the fluid and eat the cocoflesh)

Cacao de monte (eat the flesh around the seeds, like sweets for the kids)

Papayas (eat just like that)


Monkeys: wooly monkeys, spider monkeys, red howlers sometimes
Paca’s (Guanta)
Agouties (Guatusa)
Small type of Agouties (Guatines)


Tortoises and tortuga’s: mainly charapas, also their eggs


Boca Chico


White throated Toucans
Spix’s Guan (pava’s)
Nocturnal Curacao
Macaws (Papagallos)
Parrots (no parakeets)