Seeds analysis of T. bicolor in the Laboratory of Mycology at the UAM-Xochimilco, Mexico City.
As part of the objectives of the research plan of PhD candidate Carmen Sandoval, a first microbiological analysis was carried out in the Mycology Laboratory of the Metropolitan Autonomous University at Xochimilco campus (UAM-X), under the direction of Dr. Judith Castellanos Moguel.
Determination of the biological agents involved in the production of the Bizie g'ie, main input of the Siaab g'ez drink of ritual use of the Zapotec community at the Teotitlán del Valle, Oaxaca, Mexico.
Bizie g'ie or white cocoa is the main input of a drink for ritual use, cultural heritage of the Zapotec community at Teotitlán del Valle, Oaxaca, Mexico. It is obtained through the use of an ancient technique called "rotting" or "fermentation" of the seeds from Theobroma bicolor Humb. & Bonpl., which are brought from the cocoa plantations in Soconusco, Chiapas, 700 km from Oaxaca.
The end of this stage is to analyze and learn in depth the technique, unique in its kind, and cultural heritage from the Zapotec community at Teotitlán del Valle, Oaxaca, Mexico.
Intangible Cultural Heritage (ICH)