The chote, also known in Totonaco as Puxni, is a plant native to Mexico . Its scientific name is Parlamentiera acuelata Seemann , which serves as food and as a treatment for ailments of ear pain , bad urine and vaginal discharge . Its sale is more frequent in Veracruz, although it can also be purchased in Tianguis del Valle de México .


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  • 1 Features
  • 2 Regional geographic location
  • 3 Medicinal use
  • 4 Sources


Tree about 6 m tall, trunk without spines, the arms if they have spines. Small, slightly hard, green leaves. White flower. Thick, elongated fruit. The flowers and fruit grow both on the arms and on the tree trunk. We can find it throughout the year, it blooms in July . It grows in the mountains , on the banks of streams and in paddocks . It is considered fresh.

Regional geographic location

Huehuetlán , Coxcatlán , Tancanhuitz , Aquismón and Axtla .

Long, perennial vine, cultivated for its edible fruits that are traded. It seems indigenous to Puerto Rico, where it is found in the forests and on the banks of the rivers. Widely cultivated in the Antilles and in continental tropical America.

Medicinal use

The flower is used for earaches when it is by air: it is roasted and placed in the ear that is bad, it is done as many times as necessary. Eating roasted fruit on an empty stomach is also known to be good for pneumonia . To alleviate the cough , the flowers are boiled in water with tejocote apples and a little sugar; the patient is warm for three weeks in a row, fasting. It is used in other respiratory diseases such as asthma , claws , chichimeca .

It is also used in other kidney- type disorders , such as stones in the urinary tract. In this case, the fruit is ground, strained, and the extract thus obtained is ingested. As a diuretic , cooking the flower or the root or the parboiled fruit is used.

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