Friday, December 31, 2010

Palmyra Palm- Standing Tall

A bunch of Palmyra palm trees are snapped above on the foothills behind the swimming pool. Palmyra is Borasus Flabellifer; the fruit has leather-like skins and the palm fronds end up in large fans. The ripe fruit pulp is an ingredient for cakes and when the fruit is tender, it yields a sweet core like coconut filled with water. A beautiful tree that illuminates the landscape.

This palm also yields good quality sugar. In many places, producing palm sugar is a cottage industry. The sap of this tree is fermented and made into toddy.

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