Sunday, September 20, 2009

GNP nature walk 2: Palmyra palm

No tree walk in chennai is complete without the Palmyra Palm (nongu in tamil) - this omnipresent palm is the state tree of tamilnadu. The latin name is Borassus flabellifer. The fruit is edible, is similar to the flesh of the lychee and is very cooling. Very refreshing in these incredibly hot and humid summers!
The sugary sap from this tree is used to make an alcoholic beverage (toddy) and a concentrated sugar, used in indian cooking (jaggery).

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