Flor de Jamaica (Hibiscus sabdariffa)

Also called : Roselle, Rosella, Red sorrel, Karkady, Karkade Another popular street food in México are the agua frescas (fresh waters or cool waters). These are light non-alcoholic beverages which are flavoured with fruits, cereals, flowers, or seeds blended with sugar and water. Chia seed is often added. These drinks are typically served from large barrel-shaped glass containers and can be found in markets, taquerias, tianguis and on … Continue reading Flor de Jamaica (Hibiscus sabdariffa)

Medicinal uses of Xoconostle

The habitual consumption of the skin and fruit of the xoconostle can be useful in the control of serum glucose in individuals with Type 2 diabetes. In healthy people xoconostle can help prevent hyperglycaemic states and potentially reduce the concentration of cholesterol and triglycerides which may be related to metabolic syndrome.(Pimienta-Barros etal) Xoconostle pears (Opuntia matudae) have attracted the attention of researchers around the world due to this … Continue reading Medicinal uses of Xoconostle

Porophyllum punctatum

Synonym : Porophyllum millspaughii BL Rob. Also called: Tlapanche, Mata piojo (louse killer), tepepapaloquilitl, xuc’il, Mal de ojo, papalillo, pipisca de venado, pipitzcaquilitl, x- pechuk’il, pipixat                Gerardo notes in his book (Regalado 2014) that P.punctatum has been used as an effective treatment against gonorrhoea (Page 226) and Standley also mentions that an infusion of P. punctatum is employed as a remedy for gonorrhoea in the Yucatan. … Continue reading Porophyllum punctatum

Tepepapaloquilitl

Also called : tepalcachu, pápalo, pipizca de venado. Tepepapaloquilitl (tepetl – mountain, hill : papalotl – butterfly : quilitl – weed), it is so named because it is a herb which attracts butterflies and it grows on hilly ground or in the mountains. Porophyllum gracile has also been identified as tepepapaloquilitl. In the mountains outside Toluca there is a root called “chautl” which comes from a plant identified by … Continue reading Tepepapaloquilitl

Porophyllum lanceolatum

Also called, clavelina, hierba del ciervo, hierba del venado, yerba del venado, ıvira käti (Isoceño-guaran´ı) quilquina (Argentina) This herb is used in west-central Argentina primarily as an infusion. One study of P.lanceolatum (Mattana etal) showed that extracts from this plant look promising as a potential natural therapy against Gram-positive bacteria (1).  According to the Colegio de Farmacéuticos de Santa Fe (2) in Argentina it is … Continue reading Porophyllum lanceolatum

Mexixquilitl

Mexixquilitl (as L.virginicum) also called lentejilla The picture above depicts a plant from the tropaeolum genus. These are commonly known as nasturtiums. The leaves of the nasturtium are edible and have a “peppery” bite to them. The Tropaeolum genus is native to Central and South America and were introduced into Europe from Peru by the Spanish. Nasturtiums received their common name because the produce an … Continue reading Mexixquilitl

Porophyllum scoparium

Porophyllum scoparium : shrubby poreleaf, hierba del venado, jarilla, romerillo, pomerillo, Transpecos poreleaf. In Mexico P.scoparium is used as a remedy for rheumatism, fever and intestinal problems. This herb is currently being used by the Grupo Medico Dr. Zurita SA de CV in Mexico City. Dr’s Manuel A Zurita Lopez and Maria Esther Zurita Jiminez on their website state, “We are a Mexican medical group dedicated … Continue reading Porophyllum scoparium