The tree from which jatoba hardwood is sourced has lots of titles. Its Latin, or manly name is Hymenaea Courbani but it is commonly referred to as the Brazilian Cherry, not for any resemblance to the normal cherry shrub but for its rich cherry red colour.
Resistant to rot and many insect infestation, the jatoba tree originates from Central and South America and the West Indies and can reach an impressive height of 130 ft. The wood it produces ranges attractively in colour from a light orangey-salmon brown to a darker red brown as it matures will present its darker red heart. Jatoba responds very well to polishing which will give it an excellent lustre.
JATOBA AS A HERBAL MEDICINE
Amazonian Indians utilized the resin produced at the bottom of the shrub in magical rituals, such as love potions, and in wedding ceremonies. Throughout South America jatoba has a long and noble history of being used for a huge variety of ailments and conditions. The bark of this tree was used to treat diarrhoea, fatigue, dysentery, bladder problems and other issues. The resin has been used for upper respiratory and cardiopulmonary disorders and in Brazil in the 1960s an alcoholic bark extract was marketed as a tonic. In reality Jatoba is still employed as such in the united states, and also for problems like asthma and bronchial diseases. The number of conditions that the components of the Jatoba tree are believed to deal with are far too many to mention here but, believing that scientific studies have demonstrated it to be more rich in biologically beneficial compounds which protect the living tree itself from molds and fungi, it’s not surprising that the same compounds are beneficial to human health too.
NOT JUST FOR FLOORING
This very beautiful hardwood is also extremely strong so it can require specialist tools to operate it but this attribute means its uses are diverse, which range from furniture to shipbuilding and railroad ties, tool handles to speciality decorative items. Its beauty and exotic color range make it perfectly appropriate to the fabrication of several musical instruments.
However, if you want a hardwood flooring option which is as durable as it is beautiful, jatoba is an exceptional option.