|Sugar Palm Quick Facts|
|Scientific Name:||Arenga pinnata|
|Origin||Tropical south Asia to South-east Asia|
|Colors||Green to yellow to black|
|Shapes||Rounded or ellipsoid drupe, about 5–7 cm in diameter|
Leaves are ascending, pinnate and about 8.5 meters long. Leaflets are dark green above and whitish beneath which offers dirty greenish appearance to trees. Leaf sheaths cover stem and the margins are fibrous with black hairs. Young leaf sheaths are covered on lower surfaces having abundance of soft and moss like white hairs.
The matured fruits are yellow; about 5 cm in diameter containing 2-3 seeds each.
Health Benefits of Sugar palm
- Healthy diet
As our diet determines our health as well. This fruit has 93% of water content and also gelatin which provides the sense of fullness after its consumption. It helps to control our appetite.
- Treatment for arthritis
Arthritis can disturb our activities. An intake of this fruit 100 grams per day could gradually heal arthritis.
- Digestive health
Palmfruit has high content of fiber which makes it effective for treating constipation. Consume 5 to 10 grains of palmfruit per day. This helps to avoid constipation and also other digestive disorders.
- Relieve Itchiness
The sap obtained from the tree is helpful in providing relief from itch. Use the sap to provide relief from itchiness.
- Prevention of Osteoporosis
As the person ages, osteoporosis occurs. This condition affects not only old people but also young these days which occurs due to the amount of activity and lack of intake of milk and foods containing calcium. Palmfruit has 91 milligrams of calcium so the intake of this fruit fulfills calcium requirement and prevents the chances of osteoporosis.
- Stems act as diuretic.
- Root decoction is beneficial to lungs and supports digestion and promotes appetite.
- Root decoction is helpful for bladder problems.
- It is helpful for colds and sinus problems, cold sores and sore throat.
- Roots are considered to be stomachic and pectoral in Cambodia.
- Petioles are used in chronic paludism having spleen enlargement.
- Roots are used to make tea decoction to relieve bladder problems.
- Boil the juice to make arenga syrup or allow setting in moulds to form arenga sugar which is also known as gur in India. Arenga syrup is used in all sweets, dishes, preserves and beverages.
- It is used as a sweetener for pastries, cakes, toast, pancakes, cereals, sandwiches, fruit juices, dessert toppings and others.