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Aguaje

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Botanical Name:
Arecaceae
Mauritia flexuosa

Aguaje is a palm tree that grows in and near swamps and other wet areas in tropical South America.

It is an elegant tree which can reach up to 35 metres in height. The large leaves form a rounded crown. The flowers are yellowish, and appear from December to April. The fruit, which grows from December to June, is a chestnut colour and is covered with shiny scales. The yellow flesh covers a hard, oval, nut. The seeds float, and this is the means by which the palm tree propagates.

Aguaje is a edible fruit with a high vitamin C content and used to make juice, jam, ice cream, and a fermented “wine”. An oil high in vitamin A is extracted from the pulp and is frequently used to treat burns because of its soothing qualities.

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