Botanical Name: Swietenia humilis
Common Names: venadillo, mahogany or cobano seed
What parts of semilla de zopilote are used?
The seeds are used and have benefits similar to those of avocado seed or sunflower oil. They are typically consumed by crushing one to two of them in a cup of water and boiling them for 5-10 minutes.
How do you identify semilla de zopilote and where is it grown?
Semilla de zopilote is a seed from trees usually found on the Pacific Coast, Central America and certain parts of South America. The trees can grow up to 15-25 meters tall. The zopilote tree produces the best fruit—from where the seeds are harvested—when it is around 15-years-old
Semilla De Zopilote is generally prepared as a tea. One to two tablespoons of Semilla De Zopilote is added to 8-10 ounces of tea. This is simmered covered for 15-20 minutes. The seed is also taken orally after breaking the seed up and putting it under the tongue.
Usually Prepared With:
Semilla De Zopilote is combined with other herbs and spices such as Bitter Melon and Cinnamon.