Chaya Plant a Mayan Super Green

The Chaya plant, whose botanical name is Cnidoscolus aconitifolius and a second species Cnidoscolus chayamansa, is a fast growing, large and leafy perennial shrub whose origins are believed to be in the Mexican Yucatan and which can be found in various parts of Central America.  Regionally it is…

Vanilla Beans – A Soothing Ancient Spice of Mesoamerica

Vanilla pods are a very fragrant fruit that grows on the vines of a tall tree climbing orchid.   Vanilla originated in the tropical forest of the Mesoamerican region and was cultivated and highly prized by various tribes.  Vanilla was regularly used as an…

Coconut Butter and Oil – A Healthy and Versatile Source of Fat

The term coconuts usually refers to the fruit of the coconut tree (Cocos nucifera), a member of the palm family.   Coconuts however are not actually a nut, in botanical terms it is a drupe.  Their name is derived from the Spanish and Portuguese…

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