Ethnobotany: Chilies, Cacao and Vanilla

Ethnobotany: Chilies, Cacao and Vanilla


Ethnobotany is the interdisciplinary scientific study of the interaction between plants and people throughout the world and time. It concerns itself with not only how people use plants and what plants people use, but also what people think about plants and how plants affect human cultures and history, all within the context of modern botanical and human sciences (anthropology, biochemistry, botany, linguistics, psychology, plant genetics, et cetera). 
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Vanilla flower, image courtesy of Pesach Lubinsky Worker at a Vanilla plantation, image courtesy of Pesach Lubinsky Vanilla bean, image courtesy of Pesach Lubinsky
Vanilla flower
courtesy of Pesach Lubinsky
Vanilla plantation
courtesy of Pesach Lubinsky
Vanilla bean
courtesy of Pesach Lubinsky
Cacao tree, image courtesy of Cacao image courtesy of history.htm  Cacao pod, image courtesy of GenusIndex.html
Cacao tree Cacao Cacao pod

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Chile Chronicles courtesy of WorldCat

The chile chronicles : tales of a New Mexico harvest ; Carmella Padilla
Santa Fe, N.M. : Museum of New Mexico Press, c1997.
SB307.P4 P34 1997 

Chilies to Chocolate courtesy of Amazon Chilies to chocolate : food the Americas gave the world
Edited by Nelson Foster & Linda S. Cordell.
Tucson : University of Arizona Press, c1992.
SB176.A48 C45 1992
Coffee, Cacao and Tea courtesy of WorldCat Coffee, cocoa and tea
K. Willson.
New York : CAB International, 1999.
SB265 .W55 1999
Field Guide to Medicinal Plants courtesy of WorldCat

A field guide to Western medicinal plants and herbs
Steven Foster and Christopher Hobbs.
Boston : Houghton Mifflin Co., 2002.
QK99.U6 F684 2002

Food Plants of the World courtesy of WorldCat Food plants of the world : an illustrated guide
Ben-Erik Van Wyk

Portland, Or. : Timber Press, 2005
QK98.5.A1 V36 2005
Hot Peppers courtesy of WorldCat Hot peppers : the story of Cajuns and Capsicum
Richard Schweid. 
Chapel Hill : University of North Carolina Press, c1999.
SB307.P4 S38 1999 
Pueblo Divided: Image courtesy of WorldCat A Pueblo divided : business, property, and community in Papantla, Mexico
Emilio Kourí
HD330.P36 K68 2004
Spice Crops courtesy of WorldCat Spice crops ; E.A. Weiss. 
Wallingford, UK ; New York : CABI Pub., c2002.
SB305 .W45 2002
Vanilla: A Cultural History image courtesy of WorldCat Vanilla : the cultural history of the world's most popular flavor and fragrance
Patricia Rain
SB307.V2 R25 2004
Vanilla courtesy of WorldCat Vanilla : travels in search of the ice cream orchid
Tim Ecott. 
New York : Grove Press, 2004.
SB307.V2 E36 2004

Bibliography Continued
  • Del cacao al chocolate / Ana M. de Benítez. 
    México : Clío, 1998.
    TX767.C5 D46 1998
  • El chile y otros picantes
    Arturo Lomelí. 
    México : Editorial Prometeo Libre, 1987.
    SB307.P4 L65 1987
  • La cocina del chile / recetas y presentación de platillos Patricia van Rhijn  
    México D.F. : Colonia Florida, Editorial Planeta Mexicana, c2003.
    TX803.P46 R45 2003
  • Los Coras: plantas alimentarias y medicinales de su ambiente natural : Tupitse kubeikita tutishua titiwatari = Plantas silvestres que curan y Tupitse kubeikita tutishua tutikuiri = Plantas silvestres que se comen
    Montserrat Gispert Cruells, Hugo Rodríguez González. 
    México, D.F. : CONACULTA Culturas Populares, 1998.
    QK98.5.M6 G57 1998
  • Etnobotánica de los Huaorani de Quehueiri-Ono, Napo-Ecuador
    Carlos Eduardo Cerón M. & Consuelo Montalvo Ayala
    Quito : Abya-Yala, 1998.
    F3722.1.H83 C47 1998
  • Ethnobotany in the neotropics : proceedings
    edited by G.T. Prance & J.A. Kallunki. 
    Bronx, N.Y., U.S.A. : New York Botanical Garden, 1984.
    F2519.1.A6 E87 1983
  • Ethnobotany of the Hopi ; Alfred F. Whiting. 
    Flagstaff, Arizona : Northern Arizona Society of Science and Art, 1939.
    F806 .M95 no.15 1939 
  • The ethnobotany of the Kwanyama Ovambos
    Robert J. Rodin. 
    St. Louis, Mo. : Missouri Botanical Garden], 1985.
    DT709 .R631 1985
  • Fijian medicinal plants
    R.C. Cambie and J. Ash. 
    Australia: CSIRO Australia, c1994.
    QK99.F55 C36 1994
  • Medicinal plants in Viet Nam. 
    Manila : World Health Organization, Regional Office for the Western Pacific ; Hanoi : Institute of Materia Medica, 1990, c1989.
    QK99.V5 M445 1990
  • New directions in the study of plants and people : research contributions from the Institute of Economic Botany
    Ghillean T. Prance and Michael J. Balick, editors. 
    Bronx, N.Y., U.S.A. : New York Botanical Garden, 1990.
    SB108.A45 N48 1990
  • Peppers : the domesticated Capsicums
    Jean Andrews 
    SB307.P4 A53 1995   
  • El placer del chile
    Janet Long Solís, Manuel Álvarez y Aranzazú Camarena. 
    México : Clío, 1998.
    TX803.P46 L66 1998 
  • Plantas aromaticas y medicinales : Umbelíferas : coriandro, anis, comino, hinojo, eneldo y alcaravea : cultivo, economía y mercado ; Ana Curioni & Osvaldo Arizio
    Buenos Aires, Argentina : Editorial Hemisferio Sur, 1997
    SB302.A7 C87 1997 
  • Spice plants
    M. Borget. 
    London : Macmillan, 1993
    SB305 .B68 1993  


Willingham, Emily. "Eat Your Peppers, Gentlemen." 3 April 2006. Plexus Encyclopedia of Medicine, Science, and Technology. 3.61(2006). 15 May 2006.

Related Websites

University of Michigan, Dearborn
Native American Ethnobotany
A Database of Foods, Drugs, Dyes and Fibers of Native American Peoples, Derived from Plants. 

Ethnobotany: Plants and People Interacting, UCR
Interviews of Ethnobotanists 

How people make use of indigenous plants

This exhibit was created on  February 27, 2006 and  designed by Margaret Hogarth and Marie Bronoel
in collaboration with
Araceli Aguilar Melendez and Pesach Lubinsky.

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