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Caryota obtusa, Caryota urens.

Caryota obtusa Griff. Palmae.

A very large palm of the Mishmi Mountains in India. The central part of the trunk is used by the natives as food.

Caryota urens Linn. Jaggery Palm. Toddy Palm. Wine Palm.

Malabar, Bengal, Assam and various other parts of India. The center of the stem is generally soft, the cells being filled with sago-like farina, which is made into bread and eaten as gruel. But the main value of this palm consists in the abundance of sweet sap which is obtained from the cut spadix and which is either fermented or boiled down into syrup and sugar.


Sturtevant's Edible Plants of the World, 1919, was edited by U. P. Hedrick.



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