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Report From Rio: Guess the Mystery Ingredients

Yesterday, I visited a food market near the beach at Ipanema in Rio de Janeiro. I spent long time at the stall in the picture to watch the owner make his own hot sauce by mixing various peppers with vinaigrette and herbs. Besides peppers, dried herbs, and sauces, he displayed several medicinal nuts. I don’t speak Portuguese, and it was difficult to understand the passionate descriptions of the two ingredients in the picture below the jump. Do you recognize them?

Can you guess these ingredients?

12 comments on “Report From Rio: Guess the Mystery Ingredients

  1. I think the right is a Brazilian sweet chestnut.
    *Restaurant recommendations: Zuka and Togu in Leblon. We go every year to Rio! Both are outstanding.