Pindo Palm

What are Pindo Palm trees?

You think of Florida and the first thing or name that comes to your mind is Pindo Palm tree. There are the types of palm trees which can tolerate to live and grow well in extreme cold regions of the world, unlike the normal palm trees which die due to cold temperatures. They are also known as jelly palms and they grow very slowly in the cooler regions. On average, they grow mature to be 15 to 20 feet tall. Their trunk also grows about 1 to 1.5 feet in diameter. They produce flowers in groups of two male and one female flower. The colors of flowers are mostly red, white and yellow.

History of Pindo Palms

The scientific name of Pindo Palm is Butia Capitata which is also known as jelly palm. This plant is native in the states of Brazil and therefore, it is locally known as ‘coquinho-azedo’. This plant is not wildly cultivated as is not a really hard plant. Its leaves are spread out like a feather and fall towards its thick tall trunk. It produces a jelly like fruit from May to July. The fruit is ready to be harvested from November to February. The fruit is similar in size to a cherry, but it is in orange or yellow color.

Some important uses and benefits of Pindo Palm Fruit

Can we eat the Pindo Palm fruit?

We do not know how delicious the fruit of the jelly palm is. The jelly palm produce fruit in abundance which is most of the time hanging in bunches, all ready to be harvested. Many of us do not know that this fruit is edible and that is why it is very less and uncommon in the consumer market. Most of us think that the fruit which falls down messes up the gardens or parks, and because of it we think that this plant is a nuisance. However, Pindo Palm has numerous uses and benefits as well.

  • The fruit contains pectin in it and this helps in making jelly. This is because the pectin helps to thicken the jelly needed for any recipe.
  • This fruit can also be used to make wine. If the jelly of the fruit is quickly harvested, it helps in making one of the best wines.
  • The seeds of the fruit produce oil and that is why it is used to make margarine in some of the countries.
  • The Pindo Palm tree adds in to the beautiful landscape outside your house if you live in a cooler region.

How to grow Pindo Palms?

Pindo Palms grow in cooler regions, but they do need a sufficient amount of sunlight to grow tall. The soil should be moderately salty and have a good drainage for the Pindo to spread out. Since the fruits of the Pindo make a mess, that is why it is preferred to plant them almost 10 feet from the decks or paves. You need to be very patient as this plant grows extremely slowly.