Organization: Botanic Garden, Institute of Biology, Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México
Location: Communities in the Municipalities of Bocoyna (Gumisachi, Talayotes de los Volcanes, San Luis Majimachi, Choguita and San Ignacio Arareco); Guerrero (Pichachic).
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The ethnobotany research team at the Botanic Garden of the UNAM Institute of Biology, in line with its responsibility as a steward of biodiversity, is carrying out a pilot program on the inventory of “edible greens” in Chihuahua’s Sierra Tarahumara, to conserve and expand the availability and consumption of these native plants, known in the Rarámuri language as “giribá”. Leaf vegetables have been used as food in the region since ancient times.
Their high content of essential vitamins and minerals has also enriched the traditional diet with a variety of smells, flavors and textures. As the area’s climate conditions are very restrictive, this food is usually consumed solely during rainy months (June-August), when conditions allow, production under protected farming, bio-intensive management techniques and water catchment systems will make them available year-round. This is intended to enrich the Tarahumara diet, contributing to this cultural group’s food security and integrating these food resources into a commercial supply chain.