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Title: Culture and environment in the Sierra de Misantla, Veracruz, Mexico: the case of Oecopetalum mexicanum

Author: Lascurain, Maite; Lopez-Binnquist, Citlalli; Emery, Marla R.;

Date: 2016

Source: Madera y Bosques

Publication Series: Scientific Journal (JRNL)


We analyze the cultural and environmental dimensions of foraging the wild edible fruit cachichín (Oecopetalum mexicanum) in the Sierra de Misantla in central Veracruz, Mexico, including gathering practices, social organization, subsistence, commerce, and consumption. Gathering cachichín brings together generations and genders in practices that provide amusement, as well as resources for economic income and personal consumption. Socialization during the gathering of cachichín renews and strengthens family bonds, friendships, and a sense of belonging. This study provides valuable insights for management, use and conservation of non-timber forest resources with biocultural roots.


Se analizaron las dimensiones cultural y ambiental de la recolección del fruto silvestre comestible (Oecopetalum mexicanum) de la Sierra de Misantla en el centro de Veracruz, México. Se describen las prácticas de recolección, la organización social, la subsistencia, el comercio y el consumo. Las prácticas de recolección del cachichín proporcionan diversión y reúnen diferentes generaciones de hombres y mujeres; el fruto es para consumo personal y su venta genera ingresos económicos. La socialización durante la recolección de cachichín renueva y fortalece los lazos familiares, de amistad y sentido de pertenencia. Este estudio proporciona información valiosa para el manejo, uso y conservación de los recursos forestales no maderables con raíces bioculturales.

Keywords: forest products, gathering, Mexico, non-timber

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Lascurain, Maite; Lopez-Binnquist, Citlalli; Emery, Marla R. 2016. Culture and environment in the Sierra de Misantla, Veracruz, Mexico: the case of Oecopetalum mexicanum. Madera y Bosques. 22(3): 11-21.


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