Arenga pinnata (Sugar palm)
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Arenga pinnata under cultivation in the
Palm House of the Schönbrunn Palace, Vienna, Austria. [photo
Robertson, Iziko ©]
This palm is native from India through to Indonesia.
Sap is collected from where the male (or sometimes female) flower clusters
have been cut off, with up to 1800 litres of sap collected per tree per
year. The sap contains sucrose and is boiled down to yield palm sugar (known
as gula or jaggery).