15 responses to “Brosimum alicastrum”

  1. Elizabeth Revell

    When used for baking, how does it compare with flour in terms of binding etc? I have had ecperience in trying a local kernel product which made a tasty roti-type bread, but lacked the elasticity and binding properties of wheat – this is something of a drawback which is what makes wheat flour the pre-eminent baking product.
    And what about taste? So often there are these wondrous-seeming indigenous species, which simply don’t cut it when it comes to your actual flavour … I have to say that in this modern world accustomed to sharply enhanced savoury or sweet flavours, traditional products have a hard time of it.
    Mind you, anyone who can invent “honey-roasted” peanuts has a lot to answer for in terms of distorting the taste expectations of most developed-world peoples.

  2. Clint McInnes

    This is fantastic! Why have we not heard of this before? A sustainable, low-maintenance crop with the nutritional value of amaranth?
    Will it grow outside the tropics? How do I get a supply of viable seed? I’ll play Johnny Appleseed and distribute them on every piece of undeveloped ground in the South!

  3. R Blasko

    I love this series. Thanks to Connor Fitzpatrick.
    The pictures and wonderful and the information is so interesting! I wish it could continue.
    R Blasko

  4. Amy

    I second R Blasko – this is a wonderful series! As an environmental educator, I find that one of the best ways to connect people with plants and their environment is a good food story…thanks!

  5. Connor

    Thanks for the comments, although Paul and Hannes from the GFU really deserve it as they provided both the photos and the information. It’s great to see how appreciative people are of the work done by the GFU. For more information on the Maya Nut I recommend the Equilibrium Fund. The photo shows Alejandra with the maya nut, taken by Erika Vohman.

  6. erika vohman

    i want to respond to Elizabeth and Clint’s questions
    1. about baking with Maya Nut. Maya Nut has no gluten, which is the “binding” factor to which you refer, wheat is high in gluten, making it the best flour for baking, pasta and making homemade glue! Gluten is a plant protein and gluten allergies are fairly commmon. you can use gluten-free flours in baking, but it helps to use other binding agents such as Xanthan gum or eggs.
    good luck and thanks for your comment.
    2. Clint, you can get Brosimum alicastrum seed from the Fairchild Botanic Gardens in Florida. you can write me and i’ll put you in touch with Mike Winterstein there, he has seed. I must warn you that Maya Nut is invasive when planted outside its native range!

  7. Alex Jablanczy

    I am like others are extremely enthusiastic both about the tree and the nut as well as thankful for the photo both the lady and the produce.
    However it would still be nice to see the tree the trunk the leaves the foliage the flowers ie the botanical particularities.

  8. glennis

    thank you for this great series-Connor, Paul, and Hannes! I am a dyer, designer, gardener and cook and always enjoy this site very much!

  9. Shelley Chamberlain

    I am living in Veracruz State in Mexico. Does anyone know of a supplier in my area of baby trees of Ramon nut, preferably the quick-bearing Merida strain?

  10. Erika Vohman

    Shelley, please contact me at info@theequilibriumfund.org and i will put you in contact with the plantation owner who has the precocious variety.

  11. francisco penaloza

    I too am fascinated by this plant and by it’s potential of being in a system of food forests. There are farmers who interplant annuals with perrenials and tree crops, so that the area needs to be planted only once and then managed and harvested for decades. Is there any reason it can’t be considered an alternative to soy in animal feed? What is the protein content? In my fathers country I see 1000s of acres of land for sale that was previously amazon jungle and now an ocean of soybeans, the land is priced at 500 dollars a hectare (2.4 acres). In the future I hope to buy some land, find some other people interested and figure out a way to do something more sensible.
    Please send suggestions to Kikoricco@yahoo.com
    thank you.

  12. vic taylor

    Great info. about the Maya nut tree. What is the difference between the seeds from the Fairchild Botanic Gardens Clint wants and the trees of the Ramon nut – the quick-bearing Merida strain that Shelley wants? I live in the South (USA) and would like to try both. I just need to know how/where to buy them and suggestions on how to grow them. There are a lot of wild animals in our area that go hungry (I can’t afford to feed)& would benefit from these trees greatly. Thanks.

  13. Lynetta Murdoch

    Isn’t it possible that the Maya Nut would grow in areas in Africa? Has that been done? To think that it could also help feed the starving masses there, and lift the women out of poverty!

  14. john allan

    thanks for all this info.Is the maya nut tree the same as mojote? We are just back from la manzanilla,mexico and visited a women’s collective(two hours away in the mountains) where they gather the seeds and bark from this tree and are training others to grow,gather and sell mojote. It was very exciting to see their industry and drive. Let’s hope this endeavor takes off. john allan

  15. Latonia Dalzell

    Very interesting post thank you for sharing I have added your website to my favorites and will check back 🙂 By the way this is off subject but I really like your blogs layout.

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