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[ 1509 ]Paullinia cupana

Guarana Seed Whole

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[ 422 ]Paullinia cupana

Guarana Seed Powder

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Paullinia cupana
plant overview
cocoa of the amazon

Guarana is a tropical plant native to the Amazon basin that gets its name from the Tupi-Guarani natives of Brazil, who describe the herb as “the fruit for the eyes of the people.” The “fruit” referred to is the seed, which is housed is groups of one to three in a reddish, nut-like pod. In addition to volatile oils and tannic acids, the seed contains a compound that is chemically identical to caffeine called guaranine. Because guarana is used powdered or whole to create stimulating beverages, it is also known as Brazilian cocoa.

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A Bit of Botany

a little botanical information about guarana

Guarana is a climbing plant in the Sapindaceae family. It has divided compound leaves, flowers yellow panicles, fruit pear shaped, three sided, three-celled capsules, with thin partitions, in each a seed like a small horse-chestnut half enclosed in an aril, flesh colored and easily separated when dried. It often grows to 12 m high.

The fruit is small, round, bright-red in color, and grows in clusters. As it ripens, the fruit splits and a black seed emerges—giving it an "eye"-like appearance. Its seeds contain about twice the concentration of caffeine found in coffee beans.

common names & nomenclature
The name of its genus is from C. F. Paullini, a German medical botanist who died 1712. The word guarana comes from the Guaraní word guara-ná, which has its origins in the Sateré-Maué word for the plant, warana, in Tupi-Guarani it means "fruit like the eyes of the people" likely in reference of how the fruit splits open and resembles an eye.

Also known as:
paullinia, guarana bread, brazilian cocoa, uabano, uaranzeiro. paullinia sorbilis, guarana kletterstrauch, guaranastruik, quarana, quarane, cupana

Guarana, the cocoa of the Amazon

Where in the World

habitat and range for guarana

Guarana is native to the Amazon basin and especially common in Brazil.

Cultivation & Harvesting

considerations for growing and harvesting guarana

The genus Paullinia is predominantly neotropical, growing in rainforests of the Amazon.

Soils must be deep, medium or heavy in texture, well drained and with high organic matter content.

Traditional planting is by sowing seeds. Modern propagation techniques include cuttings, for which misting chambers, grafts and tissue culture propagation are used.

The seeds are harvested after the fruit splits open; they are then shelled and washed. Guarana seeds are dried whole at this point (or dried whole then ground) or they can be processed further into guarana “bread” or “sticks”.

To make the guarana bread the seeds are washed and then they are roasted for six hours, afterwards they are put into sacks and shaken till their outside shell comes off. They are then pounded into a fine powder and made into a dough with water, and rolled into cylindrical pieces 8 inches long; these are then dried in the sun or over a slow fire, till they became very hard and are then a rough and reddish-brown color. The guarana bread or sticks would then be grated and then immersed into hot water along with other ingredients as desired.

Store dried guarana whole seeds or powdered guarana seeds in an airtight container in a cool, dry place.

The Rest of the Story

guarana history, folklore, literature & more

guarana—a brazilian wonder
Guarana is a vine that grows in the Brazilian rain forest. Tribes all along the Amazon have used it for thousands of years to improve the health of their people. Guarana was a staple of the Brazilian diet and could be found in soda, syrups, candies, and other products since the early 1900s

And even today, millions of people in Brazil still use guarana as a tonic herb that improves their vitality and gives them energy. Guarana is known for its ability to purify the blood and to help reduce fatigue. It also has antioxidant properties that help it to fight the aging process.

If you’re interested in using guarana, you’ll be thrilled to know that it can also be used to treat digestive system issues such as diarrhea, gas, and stomach upset. In addition, it can be used to help suppress the appetite and aid in weight loss.

If you’re suffering from fatigue and general low energy, taking guarana can help to put some pep in your step. It’s also known to help make the heart stronger and to increase sexual performance.

Guarana does contain a great deal of caffeine and tannins. This is probably the reason it works to stimulate the brain and the rest of the nervous system. It also works to thin the blood and provide energy that way.

Guarana can be found in many sources including whole guarana seeds and guarana seed powder. It can also be found in energy drinks and is still a common ingredient in Brazilian soda. If you want to take guarana, make sure you follow the manufacturer’s instructions.

It’s also important to make sure that you don’t combine guarana with certain drugs such as MAO inhibitors that work to thin the blood. Guarana can interact with some medications and should not be combined with them. Talk to your healthcare provider to find out if guarana is safe for you.

Guarana should also not be taken with appetite suppressants or supplements containing ephedra. Together it will act to speed the heart up too much. Make sure to read labels before taking guarana.

If you’re looking for an overall supplement that can help to increase your energy and decrease your appetite, guarana may be the right choice for you. You can stock up on powdered guarana to keep in your cupboard. Taking it as part of your daily routine can help to keep you looking and feeling young.

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