Palm-trees used as crop

Palm trees look not only beautiful and decorate any beach as well as the gardens and homes, but they are also food dispenser and a useful building material. Best known are of course the coconuts and dates, which are often eaten, but also the hearts of palm, or as they are called, the palmitos. They are a prized delicacy, which are obtained from the upper end of the trunk of the palm tree. This palm hearts are more like the asparagus in taste and appearance. In general, the palm hearts are laid in a lake, which is seasoned with sea salt. They are a welcome supplement in salads or cooked as a vegetable. They are also very good to be eaten. In most cases, the palm mark of the bamboo palm, the assai- and also the peach palm are used. These special palm trees are grown in plantations. The main growing area is found in Argentina, Brazil, Paraguay and Asia.

The date palm
In the orient dates are the most important staple food. Dates are the fruit of the well known date palm. The date has a central position in the Saudi Arabian crest. These fruits are eaten fresh after harvest, but also semi-dried and provided with a variety of fillings. For example with marzipan, nuts or candied fruits. But dates can be filled even with different types of cheese. Likewise, they are processed in cakes or used as a spread. Similarly, wine and vinegar dates can be produced from them, which are used for many dishes. As a flour additive dates are also useful, when they are first dried and ground. Also it is possible to bake bread from dates, for example.

The date palm can do even more. For example, it is also used for wound healing and it is a true source of energy, have a lot of sugar, but no fat. Therefore, a date palm can be used completely. From the palm leaf you can build roofs, from the fibers of date palm trunks you can produce ropes or woven baskets and mats. Also you can use it as fuel. The date palm is also used as the coconut palm. The wood of the tree trunks is used for building houses and boats.

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The coconut palm
The large leaves of the coconut palm are the perfect cover for a roof and provide protection from rain, like the leaves of the date palm. The coconuts are also used for a variety of dishes. In Europe the grated coconuts are often used for pastries and sauces, like the coconut milk, that is taken for a variety of dishes for refining. The coconut palm is also referred as the “wood of the poor”, as well as the “wood or tree of life” because of the very heavy wood, you can produce furniture. The wood of the coconut palm is very durable. Mainly in tropical countries, houses are made from this wood. The houses are very durable and can withstand any storm. As the date palm also, the whole palm is used for anything. The fibers of the coconut are also used for firing. In Europe they are used to make coconut mats. Coir can be used as coal lighters to make fire when grilling. From coconut fibers you can also make floor coverings, they are also very durable. Storm, heat and salt water cannot harm coconut trees. When coconuts come floating over the sea they even sprout at the same time. When they arrive at a beach, they grow firmly to the ground, right there where they are, and grow again to a large powerful palm.


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Palm-Tree from the very first start

Choosing a palm tree

With so great choices, the consumer can get quick overpowered in the search. When selecting a palm tree is one concern the stage of the purpose. Does it need to provide shade? Will it be used as an eye catcher in the front garden or as a hedge only? The decision on the purpose will help to narrow down the choice.
Appearance is an important factor by choosing a tree. There are multi trunk and single trunk palms available. Multi trunks are great for creating a hedge between two different properties. Single trunks can be excellent for eye catching or for planting near the garage or driveway.

Indoor and outdoor palms

Palm trees are a reminder of mild and warm tropical holidays abroad, however it’s not too difficult to grow them at home or in the own garden. Generally feels the plant happy in bright but indirect light. The soil should be allowed to dry out a little until watered again.
After a few days of bright sunshine the interest of consumers turns to cold hardy palms mainly.
Palms are varied widely. Available are bottle palms, phoenix palms or pygmy date palms. The most of them tolerate mild winters and some can withstand temperatures as low as -2 to -8°C.
The palm enjoys full sun or dappled shade. It needs much of water after planting until the plant has been established. After that is no need to give additional water unless the plant is very dry. Garden palms shouldn’t be pruned but it is possible to cut off any dead leaves. Of benefit is an occasional feed and a new bigger pot when necessary in spring. Generally is the palm tree very easy to care and lives very long.

Palm tree care

The most important part of the palm is its bud. Here will the new growth created in the future. Should the bud get damaged than the tree can’t grow any more and could die in the result. The cold is able to damage the tissue in the trunk. Healthy palms will have more chances to survive and will recover quicker from the freezing cold. Palm tree care is an important part of healthy palm growing.