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Flor de cempasúchil, the essence which flourishes to this Day of the Dead

The strong aroma of the flower of cempasúchil, according to the mexican tradition, guide the dead back to their homes to share with their family, as every year, the bread, the salt and the light that they need to continue their way.

Originally from Mexico, flor de cempasúchil (Tagetes erecta) is next to the pan de muerto and sugar skulls one of the more traditional elements within the mexican holiday of the Day of the Dead, in which it is used to decorate the altars dedicated to the faithful departed.

There are records that the flower of cempasúchil was used by the mexica; during the pre-hispanic period elected to become clogged with hundreds of copies the altars, offerings, and burials dedicated to their dead, a tradition that continues up to our days.

Currently, Puebla, Mexico City, Oaxaca, State of Mexico, Morelos, Guerrero, Hidalgo, Coahuila, San Luis Potosí, Tlaxcala and Michoacán, are the main producers of this aromatic item, indicate data of the Secretariat of Secretariat of Agriculture, Livestock, Rural Development, Fisheries and Food (SAGARPA).

In addition to being a beautiful flower that frames the day of the dead, is a plant has the following medicinal properties: antioxidant, analgesic, anti-inflammatory, antibacterial, antifungal, antidepressant, and hepatoprotective.

The flower of cempasúchil is used in the preparation of dishes and drinks; traditional medicine; as a pigment of food and drugs, due to their content of carotenoid and as organic fertilizer for the earth.

A few days of the arrival of All Saints, the production of cempasúchil in Puebla, the state that occupies first place in production, it is estimated will be in excess of 11 thousand tons.

This icon of one of the most beautiful traditions of mexico is planted in more than a thousand 301 hectares and will leave a trickle-down effect of 31.7 million pesos, for the entity puebla, detailed data of Social Communication of the SAGARPA.

Source: Social Communication SAGARPA