More about Piri Piri (Cyperus articulatus)
Whole root bulbs of Piri Piri, from Peru. Wild harvested in the tropical rainforest by the Shipibo-Conibo Indian community near Vista Alegre de Iparia, Ucayali, Peru. No pesticides or fertilizers used.
Piri Piri (Cyperus articulatus) description
The Shipibo say that the plant awakens the spirit of work in humans and brings good fortune in fishing. They use Piri Piri in their love potions and say it brings lasting and stable love. In Peru in the markets they sell perfumes made with the roots that people use for all sorts of folk magic. Also in perfumery people are doing experiments with this plants because of its specific scent. It is also one of the many plants the Shipibo Indians use in their sacred initiation diets in combination with Ayahuasca.
Cyperus articulatus is a type of reed-like tropical grass they call a “sedge-grass.” It can attain the height of 6 feet and grows in damp, marshy and flooded areas along the rivers and streams (where it can help control soil erosion) in the Amazon basin. It grows in clumps from dividing rhizomes which are about 2 cm long and 1.5 cm in diameter. The tall green stems are fibrous, round, and hollow and can be up to 3/4 in. wide at the base. The stems have sometimes been used like reeds in basket-making and other crafts by the locals in the Amazon. It produces small, white, wheat-like flowers at the very top of its long stems.
Although native to the Amazon, Cyperus articulatus grows in many other tropical areas and countries. These include the southern United States, Africa, Asia, Australia, and across the South American continent. y\Ypu can find it growing alongside the Nile River in Africa just as it grows alongside the Amazon River in South America.