Suma: A Bit of Botany
a little botanical information on suma

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
Suma: 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.

Suma: Cultivation & Harvesting
considerations for growing and harvesting suma

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

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

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.

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

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