Ramon / Ax Trees: Brosimum Alicastrum

Ax tree

Photo credit: Congobongo1041, BRASS/El Pilar Project, via Wikipedia

The Ramon or Ax tree (Brosimum Alicastrum) is one of the tallest and most majestic trees of the tropical rainforest often growing to heights of 120 feet or higher.   In Chiapas, for thousands of years indigenous communities have looked forward to eating the abundant nuts from this tree in tortillas and drinks; and hunters wait beneath the massive canopy to capture the many animals attracted when the nuts fall.  (For additional information: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Brosimum_alicastrum)

Schools for Chiapas is working with Zapatista communities to recoup the ancient traditions of long-term preservation of Ax nuts for human consumption.  In addition, we are involved in practical research to determine the practicality of Ax plantations to support collective cattle projects and also to protect water sources.

Support is needed to expand this important project.