The mother of Cocoa
MADRE DE CACAO
- It was planted to shade the cacao trees on plantations, thus the name “Madre” or “mother”.
- The Cacao trees thrived, not only from the provided shade, but because this tree contained a nitrogen-fixing bacteria in its roots, which replenishes the soil.
- It has also been planted as live fence posts, but only the male species.
- The flowers are enjoyed by chachalacas, and are eaten by people as a vegetable. They are often cooked with eggs.
- One traditional use has been to boil the bark, and then use this water to soothe tired, irritated eyes.
- The mashed leaves have been used as a poultice for wounds, boils and diaper rash.