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The Curious Case of Brosimum alicastrum

 By Chuck Peters Many Mayan ruin complexes were discovered by chicleros looking for forage to feed their mules after a hard day of tapping latex. The preferred forage was the leaves and twigs of Brosimum alicastrum Sw. (Moraceae), a common rain forest tree known  locally as “ramon” (from the Spanish verb ramonear, i.e. to browse).  […]

Restoring Maya nut to the daily menu (by Erika Vohman)

I am delighted by this opportunity to write about Maya nut (Brosimum alicastrum) for the Crops for the Future website. Maya nut is an exemplary “Crop for the Future”. It is a nutritious and delicious neotropical rainforest tree seed and its commercialisation and consumption can reduce deforestation, malnutrition and rural poverty. It was a staple […]

Two exciting seminars on Maya Nut tree at Kew

On the 24th and 25th of April Erika Vohman (CEO of the Maya Nut Institute) and Mike Rowley a grad student at the University of Bournemouth gave two great talks at the Royal Botanic Gardens Kew and its subsidiary, the Millennium Seed Bank at Wakehurst in Sussex. Erika spoke about our Darwin Initiative project with the tropical tree Brosimum alicastrum or Maya Nut which […]

Maya Nut: not just an ordinary fruit (or nut)

Our recent findings have lead us to develop a protocol which enables the storage of Maya Nut (Brosimum alicastrum) seed for several months. As part of this we asked Wolfgang Stuppy from the Millennium Seed Bank to have a look at the anatomy of the fruit and seed to see whether we could get any insights into why it behaves as it does. […]

Rancho Mastatal Updates

The kickoff to 2014 has been as great as any that we can remember since moving to Mastatal full-time in 2001. We have been blessed with an incredible local and “in-house” staff and intern crew whom all have helped make this a productive, pleasurable, stable and beautiful start to the year. The first months were […]

Reforest’Action will plant more than 300 000 trees with John Paul Mitchell Systems in Peru and Guatemala

Reforest’Action is very happy to celebrate Earth Day by announcing a 3-year tree planting partnership with 500 000 trees by the end of 2016. Positive impacts of Maya Nut Trees planting on the field will be numerous:  Sequestration of more than 85 000 tons of CO2 (over 30 years) Restoration of seriously deforested ecosystems Development of local […]

El Salvador Update

June 25, 2013 By Erika Vohman, Maya Nut Institute We just finished our Participatory Maya Nut (Brosimum alicastrum) Forest Management course in El Salvador.  We received a very generous grant in 2010 from the Darwin Initiative/Museum of Natural History in London for this work, which will be a useful tool for producers to ensure that […]

Seminar Announcement: Livelihood and conservation value of Maya Nut in Central America

On April 25 2014, at 11 am in the Millennium Seed Bank Seminar Room Wakehurst Place,  Erika Vohman of the Maya Nut Institute will give a seminar entitled ‘Livelihood and conservation value of Maya Nut (Brosimum alicastrum) in Central America’, Erika Vohman. Erika has been working with Brosimum alicastrum for over a decade and is founder […]