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Cascalote tree in bloom


The tannin-rich pods from the Caesalpinia cacolacoa tree native to the Mexico. The 3-inch long pods contain a high percentage of water-soluble, pyrogallol tannin. Cascalote is the standard tanning material of Mexico. It produces a light colored leather that is plump and soft. When fermented, cascalote develops a deep red color that is used to dye for leather. It is similar to divi-divi, algarobilla, and tara.

See also vegetable tannins.

Synonyms and Related Terms

cascalote (Esp.)

Sources Checked for Data in Record

  • G.S.Brady, Materials Handbook, McGraw-Hill Book Co., New York, 1971 Comment: p. 27

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