Buriti

The Buriti fruit is a chestnut colour and is covered with shiny scales. The yellow flesh covers a hard, oval, nut. The seeds float, and this is the means by which the palm tree propagates. The Buriti fruit is edible, has a high vitamin C content, and used to make juice, jam, ice cream, and a fermented “wine”. An oil high in vitamin A is extracted from the pulp and is frequently used to treat burns because of its soothing qualities. The inflorescence buds are eaten as a vegetable, and the sap can be drunk fresh or fermented. It is from the Palmeira Buriti (Mauritia flexuosa) also known as the Palmeira Ité, Ita. It grows in the Cerrado, always near swamps and other wet areas in tropical Brazil. It is an elegant tree which can reach up to 35 m in height. The large leaves form a rounded crown.