close

Monterey Bay Spice Company

Bulk Herbs & Spices

Suma
shopping: one variety
icon image
per 1/4 Pound
Quantity:  
$6.00 
icon image
per Pound
Quantity:  
$15.00 
Pfaffia paniculata

suma

plant overview
sweet and spicy for all

Suma is a topical, spreading vine in the pigweed or amaranth family that is native to South America. Because the plant has a history of use as an adaptogen, and also because it is particularly abundant throughout Brazil, it is often referred to as Brazilan ginseng, although it is not related to any plants in the ginseng family. To native Brazilians, however, suma is called para tudo, which means “for all things” in Portuguese and is a reference to its wide variety of applications. Powdered suma root, which has a flavor described as spicy and vanilla-like, is used to make teas and tonics or is added directly to foods and beverages.

Clicking "learn more" next to each variety will take you to individual product pages for details.
Suma
01.
A Bit of Botany
a little botanical information on suma

description
The Pfaffia paniculata plant is a large and rambling vine of the Amaranthaceae family.

This shrubby ground vine develops an extensive root system that is intricate and deep running.

common names & nomenclature
Para tudo, means "for all" in Portuguese.

Also known as:
suma, para tudo, brazilian ginseng (although no relation to true ginseng), pfaffia, corango-acu, hebanthe eriantha


02.
Where in the World
habitat and range for suma

Pfaffia paniculata is indigenous to the Amazon basin and other tropical parts of (southern) Brazil, Ecuador, Panama, Paraguay, Peru, and Venezuela.

03.
Cultivation & Harvesting
considerations for growing and harvesting suma

climate
Grows along the tropical forest floor in humid, moist, partly sunny conditions.

soil
Grows best in soil that is rich in organic matter and moist, but not waterlogged.

growing
Suma plants can be grown either from seeds or from cuttings. If growing by seed, soak them prior to sowing. Then sow fresh seed in a greenhouse. Transplant seedlings to individual pots when large enough to handle. If growing by cuttings, take stem cuttings and place in water until rooting occurs. Once rooting is visible transplant to individual pots. Grow seedling on until the following spring or summer and then plant in the garden.

harvesting
Harvest the root in summer or fall, dry for later use.

preserving
Store dried suma root powder in an airtight container in a cool, dry place.

for educational purposes only

This information has not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration.
This information is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease.

please be advised: 
you should always consult with your doctor
before making any changes to your diet!!
Welcome to the Monterey Bay Spice Company @ herbco.com

Bulk Herbs & Spices

Monterey Bay Spice Company has been delivering premium bulk herb botanicals, spices, teas, seasonings and much more for over eighteen years...

Farm Fresh Goods

Most all of our botanicals are sourced directly from the farmers and growers — this allows us to provide you with premium products at competitive prices

Co-Packing & Private Label

In addition our blending and milling services allow us to provide full-service co-packing solutions and private label contract packaging services to companies of all sizes

close
close

Your Shopping Bag is Empty
close



loading...