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Ice Apple Asian Palmyra Palm Borassus Flabellifer

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Original price Rs. 99.00
Original price Rs. 99.00 - Original price Rs. 99.00
Original price Rs. 99.00
Current price Rs. 30.00
Rs. 30.00 - Rs. 30.00
Current price Rs. 30.00

Ice Apple, scientifically known as Borassus flabellifer, is a tropical palm tree species native to South Asia and Southeast Asia. It is also commonly referred to as the Palmyra Palm or Toddy Palm. Here's a detailed description of Ice Apple:

  1. Appearance: Ice Apple is a tall and robust palm tree that can reach a height of up to 30 meters (98 feet). It has a straight, sturdy trunk, which is typically grayish-brown in color and ringed with prominent leaf scars. The crown of the tree is composed of large, fan-shaped leaves that can measure up to 3 to 5 meters (10 to 16 feet) in diameter.

  2. Fruit: The fruit of the Ice Apple palm is the main attraction and is the reason for its common name. The fruit is large, round, and almost spherical, with a smooth and hard outer shell. The shell is typically green when unripe and turns brown or black when fully ripe. Inside the shell is a translucent, jelly-like pulp that is sweet and refreshing, resembling ice or jelly when consumed, hence the name "Ice Apple." The fruit is also rich in vitamins and minerals, making it a popular local delicacy in its native regions.

  3. Distribution: Ice Apple palms are commonly found in coastal regions and lowland areas of South Asia and Southeast Asia, including India, Sri Lanka, Bangladesh, Myanmar, Thailand, and Malaysia.

  4. Uses: The Ice Apple palm is highly versatile, and various parts of the tree are used for different purposes. The fruit is consumed fresh or used to make beverages, jams, and desserts. The young shoots and inflorescence are edible and can be cooked and consumed as vegetables. Additionally, the tree provides various other products, such as toddy (a fermented drink), fibers for making ropes and mats, and timber for construction.

  5. Cultural Significance: Ice Apple holds cultural significance in the regions where it grows. It has been a part of traditional medicine and culinary practices for centuries, and various parts of the tree are used in religious ceremonies and festivals.

  6. Habitat: Ice Apple palms thrive in warm and tropical climates, growing in sandy soils near coastlines or in lowland regions with sufficient water availability.

The Ice Apple palm is not only a valuable source of food and resources for the local communities but also an important part of the ecosystem in its native regions. Its unique fruit and various uses make it an intriguing and cherished species, deeply embedded in the culture and traditions of South Asian and Southeast Asian communities.

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