Loroco isn’t widely known as a popular natural remedy outside of the Maya lands. The woody vine contains flower buds that bloom into beautiful white flowers. The flowers grow in clusters of about 25 flowers in each, and then will produce pods that change from a green to a dark brown color. Before the flowers bloom, the buds are often used in Central American cuisine.
In the US, it is available pickled in vinegar, brined, or frozen. It is not available fresh because the USDA found that the plant can sometimes carry Diabrotica adelpha beetles. Loroco used to be called Quilite, which means “edible herb”.
WHERE IT CAN BE FOUND:
PROPERTIES AND USE:
Antispasmodic, nervine, stomachcic, abortifacient, and treats poor immune system function
For all conditions, boil a small handful flowers in 1 gallon water. Strain, and drink 1 cup per day.