Pejibaye, Bactris gasipaes
Bactris gasipaes is a species of palm native to the tropical forests of South and Central America and has been used for food for centuries. Spanish explorers found a pejibaye plantation of 30,000 trees on the Atlantic coast of Costa Rica, providing fruit that replaced corn in the indigenous diet. Its fruit contains extremely high levels of vitamin A with up to 1,500% of the recommended daily allowance in a 100g serving. Peach-palms are also cultivated for the heart of palm and the trunk can make valuable timber.
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