It's definitely an inferior material," said Lentz, who reasons that the temple-builders would only have accepted logwood if they had run out of suitable sapodilla trees
Gum had been discovered hundreds of years earlier by the Maya of southern Mexico - who found that a thick, milky liquid which oozed out of the wild sapodilla tree
was very tasty.
Early Maya Indians in Mexico and Central L America chewed chicle, a gummy substance that oozed from the bark of sapodilla trees
Zamagiria dixolophella larvae were collected in sapodilla trees
Manilkara zapota van Royen, in the following orchards: "El Nayar" (14[degrees]49'36"N and 92[degrees]20'52"W at 44 masl) and "Cazanares" (14[degrees]44'40"N and 92[degrees]24'20"W at 20 masl), both located in the municipality of Tapachula, Chiapas, Mexico.
Balls of gutta percha, the dried sap of sapodilla trees
, arrived in 1848, while by the early 1900s natural rubber had become the main material.
Ancient Mayans in Mexico used chicle sap from sapodilla trees
, while the ancient Greeks used mastiche, derived from the resin of the mastic tree.
On a recent visit, I sat beneath aged sapodilla trees
enveloped in gigantic elephant ears enjoying a surprisingly delicious lunch from the snack bar: a chicken empanada and a chicken salad sandwich on rosemary bread.