Economic Botany

, Volume 58, Issue 4, pp 523–529 | Cite as

Schinus molle L. (Anacardiaceae)Chicha production in the Central Andes

  • David John GoldsteinEmail author
  • Robin Christine Coleman


The authors located and experimentally reproduced an alcoholic beverage using Schinus molle L. drupes to explain the presence of large quantities of S. molle seeds in archaeological contexts associated with the Middle Horizon (550–1000 C.E.) site of Cerro Baúl, Moquegua, Perú. They discuss the production ofchicha de molle in the context of the archaeological site, the ecology of the plant, and the ethnobotany associated withS. 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 human-plant interactions withS. molle.

Key Words

Andes chicha Schinus molle archaeological remains Peru 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • David John Goldstein
    • 1
    Email author
  • Robin Christine Coleman
    • 2
  1. 1.Department of AnthropologySouthern Illinois UniversityCarbondale
  2. 2.Department of AnthropologyNorthwestern UniversityEvanston

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