Jubaea spectabilis H. B. & K. Palmae. Coquito Palm. Little Cokernut.
A palm of Chile cultivated in South America. The sap of this tree is boiled to the consistency of treacle and forms the miel de Raima, palm honey, of Chile, a considerable article of trade, being much esteemed for domestic use as sugar. The trees are felled and the crown of leaves is immediately cut off, when the sap begins to flow and continues for several months, provided a thin slice is shaved off the top each morning, until the tree is exhausted. Each tree yields about 90 gallons. The nuts are used by the Chilean confectioners in the preparation of sweetmeats and have a pleasant, nutty taste. The nuts of the Coquito palm are often called little cokernuts.
Sturtevant's Edible Plants of the World, 1919, was edited by U. P. Hedrick.