Guarana (Paullinia cupana)
This is the famed tonic of the Brazilian Amazon. Natives insist their daily dose of guarana serves as far more than a powerful stimulant; the high content of tetra-methyl-xanthine and other bioactive components account for its intensely pleasurable effects that propel the mind and body for about 6 hours. About 1 teaspoon is a dose. This is one of the few crops of Amazonia with positive ecological status; purchasing this product supports the peoples and habitats of the Amazon!
Guarana is a creeping shrub native to the Amazon (and particularly the regions of Manaus and Parintins). In the lushness of the Brazilian Amazon where it originates, it often grows to 12 m high. The fruit is small, round, bright-red in color, and grows in clusters. As it ripens, the fruit splits and a black seed emerges--giving it the appearance of an "eye" about which Indians tell legends.
The uses of this plant by the Amerindians predates the discovery of Brazil. South American Indian tribes (especially the Guaranis, from whence the plant's name is derived) dry and roast the seeds and mix them into a paste with water. They then use it much the same way as chocolate: to prepare various foods, drinks, and medicines. The rainforest tribes have used guarana mainly as a stimulant and astringent.
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