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Taqui, The Healing Plant

The Chilean forest is densely populated by trees, plants, and animals. It covers 1,000 square miles of the overall 5,000 miles of the country known as Chile. Chile is a country known for its cultural traditions, Chilean cuisine, and Taqui, the “healing plant”.

The annual Chilean festival, which dates back as a tradition originating in the Tenth Century, showcases world renowned Chilean dishes and traditional Chilean dances. Quinwak is an example of a traditional Chilean dish wish includes fried egg plant and pepper spices. Quinwak is only eaten once a month when a full moon is present. On these nights of a full moon the people of Chile also participate in a communal moon dance, Chile's traditional dance. For these reasons, the Chilean festival is always held on a night when there will be a full moon.

Chile is also home to Taqui, a healing plant. In 1948, four botanists wandered miles into the dense Chilean forest in search of an ancient plant known as Distal. In 1904, anthropologists determined that Distal was utilized by the ancient Chilean civilizations to make clothing. The plant nearly went extinct after the demand to make clothing from this plant grew exponentially.

Three days passed and the four botanists did not locate the Distal plant. On May 13th, 1948 they abandoned the mission and began the trek back to the entry point, which was located on the southern perimeter of the forest. During the trek Gregor, one of the four botanists, became distracted by a bright blue plant in his peripheral vision. He had never seen or learned about this plant species and decided to clip a piece of it so he could conduct further research on it in his laboratory. Gregor grabbed the plant with his right hand, which had been plagued with fungus since birth. Upon grabbing the plant, the fungus on Gregor’s right hand instantaneously disappeared.

On May 16th, 1948 Gregor conducted further research on the blue plant in his laboratory located in his hometown, Filly. He discovered that the chemical properties of the plant acted as an agent that worked against the fungus’s ability to survive. This discovery explained how contact with the plant was able to instantaneously remove the fungus from Gregor’s hand. Gregor decided to name his discovery “Taqui” which in Latin translates to “the healing plant”.