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Ocote wood

Wood, Sticks, 50 Gr from Mexico (SKU 4959)

Ocote wood is the very heart of an old Pine tree. It is appreciated for its resin. The resin is so flammable that a cut branch will burn as a torch emitting black smoke when ignited; for this reason, it is very common in Mexico to use ocote wood as a torch, fire starter and for campfires and barbecues. When burning Ocote produces a distinctive sweet and pleasant smelling mystical odour. Real ocote is only found on trees that have fallen naturally from old age. These sticks are cut to very thin sticks with traditional hand tools and randomly packaged.

50 gram sticks. Length 10-20 cm, thickness 5-7 mm. Approximately 8 sticks per package.

Part

wood

Form

sticks

Weight

50 gr

Qty

max: 2


Ocote wood, also known as Pinus Montezumae is the very heart of an old Pine tree. It is appreciated for its resin. The resin is so flammable that a cut branch will burn as a torch emitting black smoke when ignited; for this reason, it is very common in Mexico to use ocote wood as a torch, fire starter and for campfires and barbecues. In Mexico it is used to cook and lend flavor to the barbecue. When burning Ocote produces a distinctive sweet and pleasant smelling mystical odour. The tree develops a yellow dark brown wood at a very old age, therefore, real ocote is only found on trees that have fallen naturally from old age. Its discovery dates back from the late 18th century. The word Ocote comes from the nahuatl language Ocotl, which means "Tea from a pine tree". This resinous wood retain a very strong aroma, when burned, it has a similar scent as copal. Ocote is commonly used by indigenous people during ceremonies and prayers. Natives have use these woods for thousands of years. 

Pinus montezumae, also known as the Montezuma Pine, is a species of Conifer in the Pinaceae family. It is native to Mexico and Central America. The tree grows about 35 m high and 80 cm in diameter; occasionally it may reach a height of 40 m and diameter of 1 meter. It has a round crown. The bark is dark brown-grayish. It occurs in warm temperate to cool climates (18°C to 10°C). At the highest altitudes of its distribution it usually receives snow in the winter.

Edible Uses: A vanillin flavouring is obtained as a by-product of other resins that are released from the pulpwood.

These sticks are cut to very thin sticks with traditional hand tools and randomly packaged. 50 gram sticks. Length 10-20 cm, thickness 5-7 mm.

Other names: Pinus montezumae, Pinus oocarpa, Montezuma pine, Ocote, Fatwood.