Huayuro seeds I ordered a month ago on Etsy!
They arrived yesterday in a lovely package from Salt Lake City.
I think they are the Sweetest things on earth!
"To add color to their beadwork, Indians use various species of Ormosia which they call Huayruro.
Its natural bright red and black coloring, and a classic among good luck seeds. It is sometimes even mounted in gold settings such as tribal ornaments and Jewelry. About the size of a chickpea, when drilled and threaded into beadwork, Huayruro adds highlights to the piece.
The seeds grow in a pod on tall trees in the rainforest. Usually collected from the jungle floor having fallen from the high branches. Even though it is very poisonous if chewed, it is the all time favourite good luck seed. It is allways carried by locals somewhere on their bodies, and put on children and babies in the form of a little bracelet. It is reputed to ward off any kind of bad luck, to protect one from jinxes, and keep away the evil eye.
Often Huayruro seeds are found in glass jars adding a bit of color to the modest homes in the jungle. The seeds are a symbol of good luck and abundance in the Inca culture."
Source: Maya-RainForest Plants