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Table 2 Use and management forms of Agave potatorum recorded in San Luis Atolotitlán

From: Distribution, abundance and traditional management of Agave potatorumin the Tehuacán Valley, Mexico: bases for sustainable use of non-timber forest products

Plant part Use Use form Percentage of users Management
Stem Mescal production Whole stems are backed inside an earthen pit, grounded, fermented and distilled 100 Extraction of whole individuals from wild populations
Flower buds Food Flowering buds are boiled or roasted, coocked with eggs or hot chilli sauce 66 People extract the whole scape, to get the flowering buds
Floral scape Roasted over the fire while working in the field 33 Extract the young whole floral scape
Leaf bases Food People ask for the backed leave bases to the mescal producer and eat them as candy 30 Leave bases remaining from mescal production
Medicine An infusion of cooked agave leaf for lung affections 10
Applying a piece of fresh leaf (or roasted) directly to wounded area 33 Eventually cutting up one leaf
Floral escape Fodder Cattle eat the growing scape 40 Cattle eat the early floral scape while it is starting to grow
Construction Used in small fences 16 Extract the whole floral scape
Whole plant Religious Agaves are transplanted from the wild to “little mountains” (montecitos) dedicated to the GuadalupeVirgin 10 Each year in December small agave individuals are transplanted from wild populations to home gardens
Uses of Mescal As medicine A small glass of mezcal aliviate the stomach-ache, flu symptoms, fever and cold- weat 30 (produced from agave stems)
Ritual A small glass of mezcal is offered to the death in the “ofrendas de muertos” 80