Our Kosher-certified Quassia Wood Chips come to us from our quality supplier in Mexico. Quassia Wood Chips come from the Quassia amara shrub. It is native to Brazil, but is also found in Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands. Origin: Mexico Common Names: Bitter Wood, Jamaica Quassia, Bitter Ash Kosher Certified There are several common uses for Quassia Wood Chips. The wood chips are placed in a cup and covered with water, after which they soak. The resulting liquid is similar to a tea. The liquid is known for its bitter taste. The chips are also sometimes used in drinks and baked goods. It is not safe to use Quassia Wood Chips during pregnancy. The Quassia Wood Chips that we stock at Starwest Botanicals have undergone a rigid quality control process to ensure their purity. We purchase only the finest herbs from qualified herbal suppliers from around the world. Our buyers are herb experts who know what to look for in order to only purchase the best raw materials for us. We process all of the herbs we purchase ourselves at our own modern milling facility. In this way, we can control every aspect of processing in order to verify that quality controls are utilized at every step. All this, plus laboratory analysis and independent auditing go toward making every Starwest product reach the pinnacle of quality and purity.