01 November 2011

Aswata Upiuni, Tyam!

Just found this picture of myself drinking aswa from the summer. As the cold weather closes in I wish I were back in the rainforest more and more. Hopefully I will get a chance to do more research next summer!

Aswa, by the way, is the Lowland Quechua word for what is also commonly called chicha or manioc beer. It's the staple in Runa culture and is made from mashed up manioc (aka yuca, cassava, lumu) that has been mildly fermented. Tastes kind of like kombucha. Is also incredibly filling, which makes drinking lots as a sign of appreciation for the host more difficult.

picture taken by my fellow linguist Kevin

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