Saturday, March 3, 2012

Peach palm ( Bactris gasipaes )

Fruit Warehouse | Peach palm ( Bactris gasipaes ) | For example, in English: peach-palm or pewa (Trinidad and Tobago), peyibay (e), and pejivalle; in Spanish: pejibaye (Costa Rica, Nicaragua), chontaduro or chantaduro, (Colombia, Ecuador), pijuayo (Peru) , pijiguao (Venezuela), Tembe (Bolivia), pixbae (pronounced pibá) (Panama), and in Portuguese: pupunheira, and pupunha (Brazil).

There are Several botanical Synonyms, Including Bactris ciliate (Ruiz & Pav.) Mart., B. insignis (Mart.) Baill., B. speciosa (Mart.) H. Karst., B. utilis (Oerst.) Benth. ex Hemsl., Guilelma chontaduro Triana, G. ciliate (Ruiz & Pav.) H. Wendl., G. gasipaes (Kunth) L. H. Bailey, G. insignis Mart., G. speciosa Mart., G. utilis Oerst., and Ruiz & Pav Martinezia ciliate.

Bactris gasipaes Grows erect, with a single slender stem or, more Often, Several stems to 8 in. (20 cm) thick, in a cluster; Generally armed with stiff, black spines in circular rows from the base to the summit. The leaves are pinnate, 3 meters (9.8 ft) long on a 1 metre (3.3 ft) long Petiole.

The fruit is stewed in Salted water frequently.  This plant may also be harvested for heart of palm, and has commercial advantages in being fast growing; the first harvest can be from 18 to 24 months after planting.  The composition of 100 grams of pulp: 164 calories, 2.5 g of protein, 28 mg of calcium, 31 mg of phosphorus, 3.3 mg of iron, 1.500 mmg of vitamin A, vitamin B1 of 0:06 mg and 34 mg of vitamin C.

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