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Balche a.k.a. Balché is a mildly intoxicating beverage common among ancient and indigenous cultures in areas of what are now Mexico and upper Central America. Today, the drink is still common among the Yucatec Maya, and is made from the bark of a leguminous tree, which is soaked in honey and water, and fermented. A closely related beverage, made from honey produced from the nectar of a species of morning glory, was called xtabentún.

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Google previewPlato’s Caribbean Atlantis (2016)

A Scientific Analysis by Dr. P. Flambas

Balche is a honey wine brewed by the Maya, associated with the Maya deity Acan. Tepache is a mildly alcoholic beverage indigenous to Mexico, made from fermented pineapple. Tejuino is a maizebased beverage made from fermented masa ...

Google previewAn Introduction to the Yucatan (2011)

by Vivien Lougheed

Balche is an ornamental bean-family member that produces a single seed per pod. The seeds were once collected and fermented by the Maya. The bitter drink, also called Balche, was used in religious ceremonies. The trees have compound ...

Google previewContinuity and Identity in Native America (1988)

Essays in Honor of Benedikt Hartmann by Maarten Evert Reinoud Gerard Nicolaas Jansen, Peter Van Der Loo, Roswitha Manning

are big calebash- es; balche is an alcoholic beverage made from ...

Google previewEncyclopedia of the Ancient Maya (2015)

by Walter R. T. Witschey

Balche, an alcoholic beverage, was prepared from honey and the bark of the balche tree (Lonchocarpus longistylus). Although there is scant evidence for ancient preparation of tortillas, tamales were ubiquitous, with a variety of fillings: venison ...

Google previewDictionary of Daily Life of Indians of the Americas (1981)

vines whose bark is used for arrow poisons are occasionally cultivated in northeastern South America, as are some balche trees for flavoring among the Maya, but these ...

Google previewEncyclopedia of Mind Enhancing Foods, Drugs and Nutritional Substances, 2d ed. (2015)

by David W. Group

and Belize (in a ritual drink called balche' and in a tea to cure impotence) Precautions: None known.

Google previewThe English Dictionary before Cawdrey (1985)

by Gabriele Stein

Balche or belke. Eructo. as. Balde, . . . Alopisiosus. a. um. Caluus. a. um, Phalacron.oss. Sed . . . . melius Alopecus. Balde before. Acaluaster. Praecaluus, Recaluaster, Recaluus. Balde to be. Calueo. es. Balde to be agayne. Recalueo. es.

Google previewHistorical Dictionary of Mesoamerica (2012)

by Walter Robert Thurmond Witschey, Clifford T. Brown

The honey was used to sweeten balche, a fermented alcoholic beverage used in rituals, and beekeeping ceremonies were described by the Spanish in the colonial period. Among the Yucatec Maya, women generally maintained the hives.

Google previewThe Encyclopedia of Aphrodisiacs (2013)

Psychoactive Substances for Use in Sexual Practices by Christian Rätsch, Claudia Müller-Ebeling

In any case, chilis are used as additives in various psychoactive products, such as ayahuasca, balche', beer, cacao, kava kava, incense, and snuff powders (Weil 1976). The Kakusi Indians of Guyana use Capsicum sp. as a stimulant and ...

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Scrabble value of B3A1L1C3H4E1

The value of this 6-letter word is 13 points, but it's not an accepted word in the Official Scrabble Players Dictionary.

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