How is Mimosa root bark processed?Koen
- The whole root must cleaned and stripped of its inner root-bark while discarding the rest of the root.
- The whole root-bark must generally be torn by hand, cut, or smashed with a blunt object prior to shredding.
- The shredded should be further broken down as much as possible by peeling/cutting/blending to increase surface area
- The pre-powdered bark can always be used “as-is”.
Pictured below is its original after being harvested from the plant. Notice the middle core is quite distinct from the root-bark, the outer bark is much more brown:
The first step in refinery is to brush the outside to remove the dirt. Then the outer bark must be lightly scraped with a good knife. It is preferable to remove at least some of the outermost layer to uncover the more blackish and purplish layer underneath:
Once the outermost part has been removed, peel off the Inner Root Bark to separate it from the core. This can easily be accomplished immediately by hand, though the use of a knife may be helpful.