Attalea (Sturtevant, 1919)

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Sturtevant, Notes on edible plants, 1919
Attalea (Sturtevant, 1919)

Attalea cohune Mart.


Honduras. The tree bears a fruit, about the size of a large egg, growing in clusters resembling a bunch of grapes. The kernel tastes somewhat like that of the cocoanut but is far more oleaginous and the oil is superior.

Attalea compta Mart.

Brazil. The seed-vessels are eaten as a delicacy.

Attalea excelsa Mart.


Amazon region. Batesn says the fruit is similar in size and shape to the date and has a pleasantly flavored, juicy pulp. The Indians did not eat it but he did, although its wholesomeness was questionable.