Our Tico friend, Luis, stopped by our gate today bearing gifts and those gifts were ...... sticks.
Here is what the sticks look like:
He indicated that we should smash them with a hammer, put them in water with a bit of sugar for two days and, voila, we would have a very refreshing drink. He said the name of the plant was "mozote" and his wife drinks the prepared water to settle her stomach.
Well, I certainly had to learn more about this plant/bush/tree, whatever it is.
A Google search led me to Finca El Tigre where I learned that mozote is a rural Costa Rican drink. The locals drink it regularly to maintain intestinal health. But, besides that, apparently it is just a nice cold drink. You are going to have to search their site for September 24, 2010, to find this article. I couldn't do a direct link to it.
Another Google link to the Tico Times explained more about this plant.
I decided to peel the bark after reading up on preparation, rather then smashing it with a hammer. It peels very easily but you will get a glutinous substance on your hands, which washes off easily. Instead of leaving the concoction to sit for two days, I have opted to refrigerate it for one day.
Here are my sticks in their water:
I'll follow up on this tomorrow when the drink is ready!