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Tropical Biology Section

Terdal, Erik [1], Terdal-VandeVusse, Rhea [1].

Achioté (Bixa orellano L.) cultivation and preparation by Maya women in Belize, Central America.

Annatto (Bixa orellano L.) is a neotropical shrub cultivated world-wide in tropical regions as a source of a natural food colorant. In Belize, annatto is known by the indigenous name achioté. We present preliminary data on the cultivation, harvest, processing, sale, distribution and use of achioté in the Cayo District. Our data was gathered as part of an ongoing study of medicinal plant use by the Maya in this area of Belize. Achioté- ­specific data for this presentation was gathered by semi-structured interviews in January, 2009, and March, 2010. We met with 15 people involved in the production and sale of achioté in one town and three villages. Cultivation is primarily by Maya-speakers and entirely by women. The number of shrubs per household ranged from one to seven. Harvest and processing is done by women as seasonal work. Achioté is used in traditional stews for color and flavor as well as for perceived health benefits.

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1 - Terdal Farm, 15310 S Harvard Ave, Bixby, OK, 74008, USA


Presentation Type: Oral Paper:Papers for Sections
Session: 11
Location: Portland Room/Chase Park Plaza
Date: Monday, July 11th, 2011
Time: 10:45 AM
Number: 11002
Abstract ID:299

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