It has been domesticated and cultivated in Central America and the Amazon, since pre-Hispanic times. Its cultivation has great importance due to the use that is given to its leaves, seeds and root for diverse medicinal, nutritional, dying, cosmetic, ceremonial and magico-religious purposes.
Scientific Name: Bixa orellana
Contains 21 to 38 times more provitamin A compared to carrot, contains 25 to 31 times more vitamin E if compared to avocado, equals orange and lemon in vitamin C. It is one of the Most representative plants of the Peruvian Amazon, grows wild in the marshes of the floodplain areas and in the valleys of ravine of the high zones, the ecosystems where the plant predominates, are known locally as “aguajales”.
For the Incas, the amaranth was the food par excellence due to its nutritional and medicinal properties. For this reason it was venerated and played an important role at some religious ceremonies about agriculture, prosperity and fertility. After the conquest, growing amaranth was considered a sacrilege because it was linked to the deepest of pre-Columbian traditions. The crops and their use were forbidden. But despite that, some brave farmers saved it from extinction.
Artichoke is a plant native to Africa that is cultivated all over the world, as it is used both its flowers and leaves, thanks to its excellent medicinal and nutritional properties. In the southern hemisphere, it is cultivated in countries like Argentina, Chile and Peru.
It is a herbaceous and wild plant native to the rainforests of the Peruvian Amazon, although it has been found in other tropical areas such as the Caribbean, India and China. It has been used as a traditional medicine for many years by native Peruvian communities.
This small oval fruit of red smooth skin and sour centeris the result of the magical spell of one of the most important natural sources of the planet which gathers fabulous recipes for the health and gastronomy. It belongs to the family of the myrtaceaes and a high content of vitamin C, even higher than the ones with high concentration of ascorbic acid such as orange and lemon.
Over the high Andean plateau where few crops develop between snowfalls and droughts, the cañihua grows in all its glory, painting the pampas of the highland like an impressionism fresco, with warm colors like scarlet, lilac, emerald, and indigo which contrast with the frozen spell of the puna weather.
Known as the Amazon miracle of the herbal medicine, the cat’s claw is a medicinal climbing plant native from the Peruvian virgin rainforest. Used in America and Europa as complementary treatment for diseases like cancer or HIV, as well as other diseases thata ffect the immune system, in its natural shape, extract or pills, this plant is part of the natural pharmacology, where the Amazon tribes worship it as a doctor without uniform.
Chia is a species of flowering plant in the mint family, Lamiaceae, native to the center and south of Mexico and Guatemala that was cultivated by Aztecs and Mayas in pre-Columbian times. Currently, it is produced in countries such as Mexico, Argentina, Paraguay, Bolivia, Ecuador and Peru. Chia seeds tastes good, and can be a valuable addition to the diet.
Sangre de Dragón es el látex extraído de la corteza de un árbol que crece en la Amazonía, este látex se ha utilizado tradicionalmente por los nativos del Amazonas desde la antigüedad en la medicina tradicional peruana como un eficaz de curación de las heridas externas, úlceras y otras enfermedades.