Known as the first world tree, or just world tree in Ancient Maya, the pokey thorns characteristic of the ceiba tree were depicted all over Mayan art from drinking cups, incense burners, architecture, and more. The ceiba tree was an emblem of the universe, symbolizing communication between the underworld (roots), the trunk middle world, where humans live, and heaven with it's canopy high in the sky.
Vanilla planifolia is a beloved flavor and fragrance ingredient belonging to the orchid family, which is one of the oldest families of plants evolving more than 90 million years ago. Vanilla is a vine climber. Indigenous to Central American jungles, it grew wild on rain forest trees. The vanilla plant is known as an epiphyte, [...]