Attalea phalerata - In Bolivia, much of Brazil, Colombia & Peru. Scheelea Palm has multiple uses, including for oil. Trunks are made into poles. Or used for building lumber for roughhewn countryside houses.
What other Scheelea parts do palm trees grow?
Edible young leaves used as food.
Feather leaves valued for roofing thatch.
Adventitious roots help eliminate body's internal parasites
Helps with reproductive system health.
Aids the digestive system.
Oily fruit seeds eaten as a treat.
People suck, then chew the ripe fruit's fibrous endosperm.
Vivid yellow fruits used by local medics for various treatments.
How Are The Scheelea Palm's Oils Used?
Locally used in cooking.
Calms sore muscles, helps with infection & pest infestation. It's said to boost metabolism & help breathing. It can help overcome bad nutrition.
Useful for cosmetics & lamp oil.
ONE DIFFERENT OIL PALM USAGE
Scheelea Palms grow for a particular local use.
People bury the fruit or scatter it on the ground. Attracting a palm weevil, which breeds larval grubs in the fruit. Several uses:
Grubs are good as fish bait.
Called Suri, they're a popular Peruvian Street Food. Maybe a delicacy?!
Beloved, popular palm tree. With its tall & slender, slightly curving trunk. When people envision a Tropical Beach Vacation, this is the palm in view.
Everyone knows its iconic fruit. Native to the tropics, its oil & fibers are also useful.
Scientific name is Cocos nucifera.
Coconut Palms Showing Their Oh So Useful Fruit
Many people use products that the coconut palm grows, especially the fruit. Have a look:
Dried (desiccated) coconut fruit for toppings (think atop cakes or on shrimp).
Incorporating coconut into baked items like cookies & pies.
Coconut oil for cooking.
Coconut Oil in a Glass Container - Squooshily Solid at Room Temperature
Various Types of Creams
Made into coconut cream for sweets. Or usage in sauces.
Turned into whipped cream for dairy intolerance replacement.
Beauty Products From Coconut
Coquitos, traditional Holiday Drink
Instilled into alcoholic spirits (like rum or Palm Wine)
Coconut water or milk
You Can Purchase Coconut Milk. Try a Glassful!
Toasted coconut chips are often added to trail mix.
What do palms trees grow? Fruits to make coconut chips! Yummy snack!
Palm Trees Do Grow Dates
Phoenix dactylifera is popular. Middle Eastern native.
Palm grown for its chewy, sweet fruit.
Eat them fresh or dried. Have you tried them?
What else do these palm trees grow? Dates for many products.
There's even an Arizona town dedicated to growing dates, called: Dateland! We've been there several times.
Groves of Date Palms in Dateland Arizona
More of What Date Palms Grow:
Leaves useful for thatch in making baskets & woven goods.
Frond petioles used in fencing.
Leaf bases sourced for fuel.
Frond parts make rope & packing filler.
Edible Palm Heart
Bud's heart is edible. But best with non-productive palms, set for razing.
Retrieving the heart as a vegetable food leaves a hollow. It fills with thick fluid. Tastes sweet & refreshing. Drink that, or try it after fermentation!
Felled trunks good for building lumber.
Trunks tapped a limited amount of times. Getting sweet sap, called Date Honey. Tapping constricts palm fruit development.
Honey is used fresh, or processed into sugar.
Throughout history has been fermented into a strong alcoholic beverage. It's called "The Drink of Life." Ancient Egyptian cuneiform writing mentions it.
Sprouted, then used as cattle fodder.
Sometimes ground to use in place of coffee.
For personal ornamentation, like jewelry.
Economic Value of Palm Trees
What palm trees do grow is important to growing economies of many countries. From palm products made from oils, fruits & leaves, to bringing out cravings for the tropics. Like in the tourist industry, which benefits from these tropical trees.
Palm oil is a primary export for some countries.
There is controversy about its use.
Palm products made from coconuts & dates also bring value.
Tourism benefits from palm trees. Many hotels & resorts are surrounded by growing palm trees. For that tropical atmosphere.
SEEING NATURAL HABITATS WHERE PALMS GROW USEFUL STUFF!
Going to see palm trees in their natural habitat is a fabulous bucket list item. Whether you...
Live where palm trees grow, but want a different palmy point of view?
But they're found elsewhere: Palms Grow in the Desert. Where we live in Tucson's Sonoran Desert, we see palms at every turn. Including at local resorts! We've been to a few for "Staycations" & these are those we love. They'll surround you with stunning palm tree & mountain views.
With so many species of palm trees, some are more well-known than others. The most popular for what do palm trees grow are:
Coconut Palm & Date Palm for their fruit. And their other byproducts.
Oil Palms are also important. Native to West Africa for its oil. Now grown in many areas of the world. Palm oil is useful for many products, from food to cosmetics.
Many palm tree species have been used for centuries. Helping people by providing fruit, oils, fronds, fibers & more. They still play significant roles in many cultures around the world.
They even contribute to the air we breathe. Palms grow very valuable products along with providing related economic value to many.
Can you eat the fruit of palm trees?
Many palm tree fruits are edible. Some might need getting used to, if they're not familiar to you. Others cannot be shipped away from where they grow, as they won't last. More are edible by livestock, birds & other animals. Check our Palm Fruit Page for more details.
What are the little orange balls that grow on palm trees?
They're a palm's fruit. Many palms grow round orange fruit, like the Jelly Palm (Butia capitata). Other palms produce fruits of many colors! Red, purple, dark blue, black, brown, etc. It depends on the species. They often begin with a green color before ripening.
What palm trees grow coconuts?
It's the Coconut Palm! That's the easily remembered common name. The scientific name is Cocos nucifera. Other Cocos varieties are grown for their own sorts of coconuts. For example, C. nucifera var. Tall Jamaican. There's also coconut palm varieties. Like Panama Tall, Maypan, Golden Malayan Dwarf & Green Malayan Dwarf. More About the Coconut Palm>
How do palm trees' roots grow?
They grow out widely, anchoring the palm into the ground. They've been known to spread out 50' beyond the trunk. The palm seedling establishes adventitious roots. Then the palm develops the root initiation zone. Where the plant creates needed roots. Palms don't have taproots. See One Palm's Wide Roots>
How fast do palm trees grow?
Palm tree growth varies depending on the species. Some grow relatively fast. Others grow relatively slowly. Sometimes there's an advantage to slow growth.
If you're looking for a pretty fast growing palm, some choices are:
Any Fishtail Palms (Caryota genus)
Solomon Ivory Nut Palm (Metroxylon salomonense)
Any Veitchia genus. But check out Niusawa Palm (V. simulans), Winin Palm (V. winin) & if you can find it: Kaivatu Palm (V. vitiensis)
Most of these are only suitable for tropical plantings. The Mexican Fan grows well in deserts. There's one important thing to remember. Whatever the palm you plant. For quick and healthy growth, learn its needs. Then give it that.