Also known as masica, mojote, capomo, breadnut, ramón, and Maya nut, Brosimum alicastrum is a very large evergreen tree that grows to 130 feet tall. It has a large seed, often mistakenly called a nut, that is covered by a thin, orange, citrus-flavored skin. It was significant to the ancient Maya both for nutrition and for spiritual use. Today, it is milled into flour and used as a coffee substitute.
WHERE IT CAN BE FOUND:
Mexico, Caribbean, Central America, Amazon
PROPERTIES AND USE:
Stimulant, anti-inflammatory, anti-aging, tonic, laxative, and is used for asthma, anemia, rheumatism, cough, colds, poor milk production, diabetes, tuberculosis, bronchitis, poor kidney function, lung infections
For all conditions, administer by the teaspoonful the latex from the leaves. One to 2 teaspoons per day is typical. For diabetes, cough, tuberculosis, and bronchitis, boil 1 small handful of the leaves and bark in 1 gallon water for 1 hour. Strain, and consume 1 cup per day. For asthma and anemia, take 1 teaspoon of ojushte tincture per day. For coughs and colds, boil 1 leaf, 1/2 cup water, and 1 teaspoon sugar until syrupy. Drink 1 teaspoon per day.
OJUSHTE TINCTURE Makes 2 cups
If you cannot find fresh ojushte root and bark, substitute 1 teaspoon dried. You will need a 16-ounce canning jar with lid for this recipe.
1 1/4 cups chopped ojushte root and bark 2 cups 100-proof vodka
• Pack a jar three-quarters full with ojushte root and bark.
• Pour in 100-proof vodka to fill the jar. Tightly screw on the lid, and place on a windowsill to steep for six weeks.
• After six weeks, store in a cool, dark area.
The tincture should keep for up to three years.
For a pick-me-up, asthma, and anemia, take 1 teaspoon per day.