Bactris gasipaes (Pejibaye, Peach palm)
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Native to the Amazonian region in South America and
cultivated mainly to harvest the growing stem tips (apical meristems), which are
sold as 'heart of palm' or 'palm hearts'. These are eaten as a vegetable
delicacy, either raw or cooked. You can buy them canned. The fruit are also
harvested and are a source of flour and vegetable oil.
van Wyk, B.-E. 2005. Food Plants of the World -
Identification, Culinary Uses and Nutritional Value. Briza, Pretoria.