THE TEJOCOTE (CRATAEGUS SPECIES): A MEXICAN PLANT GENETIC RESOURCE THAT IS WASTED. A REVIEW
Tejocote is the most common name to call specimens of the genus Crataegus in Mexico. The culture and use of this fruit tree started in pre-Hispanic time. Today, only a few serious studies on their potential uses exist. Species of this genus in Europe, Asia, and North America are used for medical, ornamental, horticultural, and other purposes. The present study was carried out to review current and potential uses of Mexican tejocote which is known for its numerous medical applications (including the control of neurological diseases like Alzheimers disease, cardiovascular diseases, and respiratory disorders) and for its high content of carotenoids and vitamin C. Aside from that, tejocote tree has an incalculable value in the design of the landscapes in urban zones such as gardens, parks, ridges, etc. Although it presents compatibility with other fruit trees of the family Rosaceae subfamily Maloideae like the apple tree, the pear tree, and the quince tree, the use of tejocote as rootstock is affected by its problems of propagation.
Núñez-Colín, C.A. (2009). THE TEJOCOTE (CRATAEGUS SPECIES): A MEXICAN PLANT GENETIC RESOURCE THAT IS WASTED. A REVIEW. Acta Hortic. 806, 339-346
native Mexican plants, medical substances, landscaping use, Rosaceae, Mexican hawthorns