Borassus flabellifer, the Asian palmyra palm, toddy palm, or sugar palm, is native to the Indian subcontinent. The fruit measures 4 to 7 inches in diameter, has a black husk, and is borne in clusters. The top portion of the fruit must be cut off to reveal the three sweet jelly seed sockets, translucent pale-white, similar to that of the lychee but with a milder flavor and no pit. The jelly part of the fruit is covered with a thin, yellowish-brown skin. These are known to contain watery fluid inside the fleshy white body. This fleshy part is edible. Similar to coconut this also has several nutritional value -source of potassium, phytohormones, zinc, iron, calcium, fat and carbohydrates.
Author: Sumana Rao | Posted on: May 22, 2015