Suma
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Wholesale Suma

Pfaffia paniculata
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 Brazilian 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. Suma powder, 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. Customers can buy suma root powder in ¼ pound and full pound quantities.

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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

Suma, sweet and spicy for all

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.

04.
The Rest of the Story

additional information

Formulas & recipes
Suma root powder is typically used in cosmetic products like salves, shampoos, cleansers, and mouthwashes. There are many active compounds in this herb, which makes suma powder benefits endless. Suma not only contains multiple vitamins, including Vitamin A, B1, B2, E, K but also is concentrated with saponins. Saponins exhibit many antimicrobial properties like protecting the body against fungi, viruses, and bacteria. Suma root powder also improves dental health. When ingested, suma powder is usually encapsulated and taken daily.

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: 
Before making any changes to your diet you should always consult with your doctor,
especially if you are pregnant, nursing or have existing conditions.