Riviera Maya Photo of the Day – Xtabentun Flower – Bloom of Mayan Legend

Xtabnetun flower in yucatan, mexico

The Xtabentun flower grows wild in the Yucatan and produces the pollen Yucatecan honey bees use to create the sweet nectar needed to make a delicious Mayan liquor. Like many things Mayan, this unique flower has a a legend attached to it that goes something like this.

There once lived a beautiful Mayan woman named Xtabay who was said to have given herself to anyone who solicited her love. However lusty she may have been, she was just as much a kind soul who gave help to anyone in need, no matter how much the town ridiculed or look down upon her. When she died, a delicate, white flower with the sweetest fragrance grew around her grave, a testament from the gods that true virtue comes from the heart. It is said that drinking a cup of the Xtabentun liquor made from these flowers causes a euphoric drunkenness, the same effect Xtabay had on the men that loved her.

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