Schinus molle L. (Anacardiaceae) chicha production in the Central Andes.
An alcoholic beverage (chicha) was experimentally reproduced using Schinus molle drupes to explain the presence of large quantities of S. molle seeds in archaeological contexts associated with the pre-Hispanic site of Cerro Baul, Moquegua, Peru. They discuss the production of chicha de molle in the context of the archaeological site, the ecology of the plant, and the ethnobotany associated with S. molle in the Andes. Overall, S. molle was and is used today in a variety of ways regionally, and through both ethnobotanical and archaeological fieldwork, they establish a long-standing tradition of man-plant interactions with S. molle. From authors' summary. KEYWORDS: TROPAG | Schinus molle | trees | Schinus | seeds | uses | alcoholic beverages | history | ethnobotany | wild plants | South America | Peru | Moquegua.