ANCIENT MAYA BOTANICAL RESEARCH
|Common Name: ||manioc|
|Maya Name: ||cassava, tsin or white cassava|
|Maya Plant Use: ||Food, ornamental uses, medicine, poison, products, spice/flavorings/preservatives and latex.
How important was Manihot esculenta was to the Maya? How early was it utilized, and where was it first domesticated? The genus includes almost 200 species. |
|Botanical Significance: ||The ancient Maya may have used Manihot sp. for food in times of draught and famine? It may have been used more than that of corn? Manioc was considered a stable in the diet of the Maya, being a critical source of starch/carbohydrates?
|Notes: ||Verify - See White 1999
Manihot utilissima - bitter/poisonous
Manihot dulcis - sweet/innocuous|