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Paul Duncan, associate director of UGA’s Latin American and Caribbean Studies Institute, encourages Latin American Ethnobotanical Garden visitors to touch, smell and even taste what the garden has to offer. Here, Duncan welcomes a UGA Spanish class to a tour of the garden on Indigenous Peoples’ Day, Oct. 10, a nod to the indigenous knowledge represented in the garden.
Students line up to rub their hands against Chenopodium ambrosioides , which will result in a kerosene-like smell.
Like a little fire in your food? One spicy number in the Ethnobotanical Garden is Capsicum annuum, var.glabriusculum (aka chiltepín in Spanish). There are thousands of C. annuum varieties now grown worldwide. This variety has been cultivated for food and medicine by indigenous populations for more than 6,000 years.