While traveling in Ecuador I was surprised to see with what nonchalance all the banana and cocoa trees are grown. Accustomed to our agriculture system where produce has a designated place, fenced off and arranged in neat rows. I would all but stumbled over a coffee bush in Ecuador before realizing what I’d just tromped on.
Granted, there are plantations dedicated to mass chocolate and banana production, but for families in the Amazon, these plants also provided food and income and are planted as if on a whim, scattered here and there around their expansive property. You would look up to get a glance of a gigantic blue butterfly and see cocoa pods and bunches of bananas all intertwined as if they sprouted from the same tree.