yellow png
blue png
green png
pink png
orange png
title1 png
title2 png
title1 mobile png
title3 png
title3 mobile png
close menu 計畫簡介 ABOUT
專欄 FEATURE
訪談 PODCAST
回首頁 HOME
open menu
亞馬遜的珍饈
Amazon's Delicacy
by 胖胖樹王瑞閔 Juimin Wang (Ray Wang)

全球化的現在,多數原產於拉丁美洲的蔬果,大家都十分熟悉。然而,在生物多樣性極高的亞馬遜雨林裡,還是有一些當地特殊的蔬果,讓大家感到驚奇。如像是猴子尾巴的冰淇淋豆,還有果皮如蛇皮,滋味如烏梅的阿瓜椰,甚至令多數人感到害怕的巨大的棕櫚象鼻蟲幼蟲,都是亞馬遜最特別的美食。

In today’s globalization world, everyone is so familiar with most vegetables and fruits originating in Latin America. However, in Amazon rainforests with highly diversified species, there are still some special local vegetables and fruits that are really amazing to us, for example, the monkey-tail-like ice cream beans, and snake-skin-like fruit skin, and moriche palm tastes like dark plums, even the terrifying, giant palm weevil larva is the most special delicacy in the Amazon area.

全球化的現在,許多重要的蔬果,都在全世界普及,特別是有非常多改變世界餐桌的糧食、蔬果,都來自拉丁美洲,如馬鈴薯、番薯、花生、南瓜、四季豆、青椒、番茄、芭樂、木瓜、鳳梨、釋迦、百香果……所以在即便對拉丁美洲感到陌生,到拉丁美洲旅遊時,接觸到的食物,多半還是大家熟悉的。不過,生物多樣性極高的亞馬遜雨林裡,還是有一些當地特殊的蔬果,讓大家感到驚奇。

像是猴子尾巴的冰淇淋豆,是我一近亞馬遜雨林就看到的水果,從路邊、飯店花園、次生林、原始林,隨處可見,而且幾乎家家戶戶都有栽培。它的果肉如棉花糖一搬,滋味甜而不膩,在原住民部落或亞馬遜市集,都可以嚐到。雖然台灣過去幾年也有種苗商引進,卻只有少數人見過、吃過,依舊讓同行的友人感到十分驚奇。

還有阿瓜椰,果實如雞蛋大小,果皮如蛇皮,滋味如烏梅,更是我此行首次品嚐。它的正式名稱是曲葉矛櫚,也是亞馬遜雨林常見的巨大棕櫚。除了果實可以吃、作成飲料,它的木屑還用來餵養當地的珍饈——巨大的棕櫚象鼻蟲幼蟲。

吃蟲或許會令許多人感到害怕,但是吃蟲卻是很多熱帶雨林居民的文化,美洲、非洲跟亞洲都有。大家互相鼓勵下,一一嘗試,才發現牠的滋味跟口感就像是軟殼蟹一般。不會爆漿,也沒有怪味道,倒是顛覆我的想像。

作者簡介
胖胖樹王瑞閔 Juimin Wang (Ray Wang)

植物科普作家,獲得Openbook好書獎、金鼎獎與吳大猷科普著作獎金籤獎等五座著作獎項。從孩提至今,夢想打造一座熱帶雨林植物園。二十年來,為了尋找與保存影響台灣歷史的重要文化資產(熱帶植物),足跡遍布全台。2019年遠赴亞馬遜雨林與安地斯山脈研究當地民族植物,著作有《被遺忘的拉美──福爾摩沙懷舊植物誌》等四本書。擅長以說故事的方式介紹各種植物與台灣歷史文化的關聯,還有台灣與世界各地的連結。

Phytology and popular science writer, who has won five prizes in writing, including: the Openbook prize, the Golden Tripod Awards, and the golden prize of Wu Ta-You Awards of Popular Science Writing, etc. Since his childhood, Wang has dreamt to build a botanical garden of tropical rainforest. For the past 20 years, in order to search and preserve important cultural heritages (tropical plants) that have affected Taiwan's history, he has left his footsteps all over Taiwan. In 2019, he went to the Amazon Rainforest and the Andes Mountain to study local plants, and he further wrote four books including Forgotten Latin America: Formosa's Retro Flora. Wang is good at introducing the relationships between each kind of plant and Taiwan's history and culture, as well as the connections of Taiwan and the world by the way of storytelling.

footer footer