A waterfall pours through trees and rocks in a forest.

The Magic of a Kiss

An illustration of an indigenous man and woman sitting in the Amazon rainforest.

Cultural Significance

The spiny trunk of the Chunta palm (Bactris gasipaes) has an annular segmentation of long spines reaching to the frond, where abundant clusters of starch-rich fruits wait to be harvested to feed the people of the jungle in an annual masting that mobilizes all tribes of the Amazonian territory. This harvest has become a staple foodstuff throughout Amazonia and other tropical forest areas in Central America and Mexico, where they know it as Peje or Pejevalle.

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