EXOTIC FRUITS - Chontaduro / Peach Palm Fruit (Bactris Gasipaes)
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Bactris gasipaes is a species of palm native to the tropical forests of South and Central America. It is well spread in these regions where it is often cultivated by smallholders in agroforestry systems or, more rarely, in monoculture. Its English language common names include peach-palm and chontaduro in the Spanish language. It is a long-lived perennial plant which is productive during 50 to 75 years on average. Its population has an important genetic diversity leading to numerous fruits, colors and qualities. The fruits are edible and very nutritious but need to be cooked for 30 minutes to five hours. However the fruit contains extremely high levels of vitamin A with up to 1,500% of the recommended daily allowance in a 100-gram serving. They also benefit many animals in the wild. Peach-palms are also cultivated for the heart of palm and the trunk can make valuable timber.