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Uses and Commercial Prospects for the Wine Palm, Attalea butyracea, in Colombia

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Title:Uses and Commercial Prospects for the Wine Palm, Attalea butyracea, in Colombia
Authors:Bernal, Rodrigo
Galeano, Gloria
García, Néstor
Olivares, Ingrid Lorena
Cocomá, Carolina
Date Issued:2010
Publisher:University of Hawaii at Manoa
Citation:Bernal R, Galeano G, García N, Olivares I L, Cocomá C. 2010. Uses and commercial prospects for the wine palm, Attalea butyracea, in Colombia. Ethnobotany Res Appl 8:255-268.
Abstract:Attalea butyracea (Mutis ex L.f.) Wess. Boer is a massive and abundant palm that grows in dry areas of northern, central and eastern Colombia, where it ranks as one of the most useful plants. Thirty-six uses in eight use categories are recorded for this species in Colombia, including food, animal feed, medicine, construction, and technological and cultural uses. Most uses have only minor, local relevance, but some of them have potential that is worth exploring. The potential of the palm as a source of sugar, oil, palm heart, fiber, animal feed, and activated charcoal is discussed. Sugar production seems particularly promising; if the palm can be tapped through the inflorescence in the same way that other palms are tapped in Asia, sugar production in an integrated agrosilvopastoral system could be comparable to that of sugarcane planted for jaggery production. We suggest that this palm also has potential as a source of biofuel.
Appears in Collections: 2010 - Volume 8 : Ethnobotany Research and Applications

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