Maya Nut forest in Jamaica. 95% of the stems in this photo are Maya Nut! Erika Vohman

Maya Nut

Wild Harvested Rainforest Food

Maya Nut is the seed of Brosimum alicastrum, a large tropical rainforest tree native to Latin America and the Caribbean. It is not a true nut and does not contain any allergenic compounds or alkaloids.

Maya Nut is naturally caffeine and gluten free and has a neutral glycemic index. Maya Nut is vegan and paleo.

Maya Nut is also called Ramon Nut, Breadnut, Ojoche, Ojite, Ojushte, Ujushte, Capomo, Manchinga, Sande, Pisba waihka, Huje, Mojo, Ax, and many other indigenous names.

It was once abundant throughout Central America but is now highly threatened and even extinct in parts of its range due to cutting for firewood and to plant corn.

Maya Nut grows naturally in fertile rainforest soils. It is much higher in many vital nutritents including antioxidants than foods grown on farmed soils.

Maya Nut is extremely high in Fiber, Calcium, Potassium, Folate, Iron, Zinc, Protein and micronutrients.

Maya Nut has a low Glycemic Index (<55), making it a good food for diabetics or people watching their sugar and carbohydrate intake.

As a food, it is extremely versatile and can be used in a wide variety of sweet and savory dishes. Maya Nut can be used fresh or dried, roasted or raw in over 120 recipes which have been developed by our staff and workshop participants over the past 10 years.

Wild Harvested

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The Maya Nut is one of the largest trees in the forest, growing to over 50m (150 feet) tall in some places. The seeds can be eaten as food, the leaves can be fed to livestock, the sap, or latex have medicinal properties (for asthma in Central America, for anemia in Mexico and for rheumatism in Peru), and the wood is used for construction or firewood. In short, it is by far one of the most useful trees in the forest. It grows in dense, sometimes almost monospecific (single-species) stands in tropical dry, seasonally dry, humid broadleaf and wet forests. It tolerates rocky, dry, alkaline, sandy or heavy soils. It is one of the most widely adaptable and drought-resistant species known. One adult Maya Nut tree can produce up to 800lb of food per year and will remain productive for more than 100 years.