Monday, September 17, 2007
The live tambaqui (Colossoma macropomum) is sure a lot better looking than the dried-out skull I keep at Bosque Santa Lucia; and the fish is one of the best in the Amazon for eating. It is referred to as a vegetarian because it eats only fruit and small coconuts from the floodplain palms. The favorite part of the fish are the ribs, especially when the fish are fat. Barbecued tambaqui ribs are never again to be forgotten. When Pope Paul came to the Amazon on his first trip to Brazil in 1980, he ate barbecued tambaqui ribs, the only meat he ate on his stay here.