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Aguaje harvest
« on: January 30, 2020, 08:04:04 PM »


Aguaje is the common name we give to mauritia flexosa, a particularly large and beautiful palm from South America. Itís very tolerant of wet, swampy land but will adapt to generally wet tropical climates. Itís said to be the most useful palm of its region as itís appreciated for thatch, etc.
what weíre interested here is in the fruit. You can wait for the fruits to drop or climb and cut a large bunch that must have been 50kg. The un ripe fruits are kept in water which gets changed every day or two. As the fruits ripen they turn a brighter red and soften. The skin gets soft too and is easy to wipe off the surface of the pulp. The aguaje pulp is a savory fruit almost like a cheese, kind of like safou as well. Weíre really enjoying it.
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Re: Aguaje harvest
« Reply #1 on: January 31, 2020, 07:02:05 AM »
Looks interesting.  How big is the pit?

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Re: Aguaje harvest
« Reply #2 on: January 31, 2020, 07:11:53 PM »
The seed is large, about 3.5-4cm by 1.5-2cm thereís about 7-10mm, (1/4 ď) of pulp around the seed.
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Re: Aguaje harvest
« Reply #3 on: February 01, 2020, 04:24:35 PM »
Looks tasty do you eat it raw? How many years to fruit from seed..
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Re: Aguaje harvest
« Reply #4 on: February 01, 2020, 09:42:03 PM »
Good question.  Yes, we eat it raw.  This harvest was not on my farm but one about an hour from here. Itís a very big Palm and I donít have any reliable info on how long it takes to produce.  I feel it would be over five years.

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Re: Aguaje harvest
« Reply #5 on: February 04, 2020, 01:19:03 AM »
Thanks for the report. I'm interested in this palm. Am about to plant 12 trees in entrance driveway. Saw them growing wild in Brazil, where it is called buriti. Majestic looking very large palms. Ate the fruits there in Brazil. I thought they tasted quite oily. Also had some candied jam at roadside stand made from buriti. The fruits kind of look like ivory nut palm fruits. Extremely rare here in Hawaii.
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Re: Aguaje harvest
« Reply #6 on: February 06, 2020, 03:13:44 PM »
It is very popular in the Peruvian Amazon, where it is usually consumed as a sweet drink called aguajina, which is very rich and tasty.
The fruit has very high carotene and oil content. The raw fruit tastes likes olives IMO, it is not sweet...

The palm is probably the most impressive palm I have seen..

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Re: Aguaje harvest
« Reply #7 on: February 06, 2020, 08:03:15 PM »
Itís really a great thing and the palms are very impressive.  The thing is that I have it planted next to a talipot Palm so itís barely noticeable in that context.  Poor thing😢.
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Re: Aguaje harvest
« Reply #8 on: February 07, 2020, 02:16:30 AM »
It is very popular in the Peruvian Amazon, where it is usually consumed as a sweet drink called aguajina, which is very rich and tasty.
The fruit has very high carotene and oil content. The raw fruit tastes likes olives IMO, it is not sweet...

The palm is probably the most impressive palm I have seen..
Do you know how that drink is made? These palms can grow right inside puddles of water. Good to plant in areas that get flooded easily.
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Re: Aguaje harvest
« Reply #9 on: February 07, 2020, 02:19:07 AM »
Itís really a great thing and the palms are very impressive.  The thing is that I have it planted next to a talipot Palm so itís barely noticeable in that context.  Poor thing😢.
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Once they're fully grown they will be noticeable, even next to a talipot palm.
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Re: Aguaje harvest
« Reply #10 on: February 07, 2020, 07:40:02 PM »
I REALLY like your idea of the drive lined with aguaje, way, way better than roystonia.  But imagine the entrance lined with talipots!

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« Reply #11 on: February 08, 2020, 05:54:06 PM »
I REALLY like your idea of the drive lined with aguaje, way, way better than roystonia.  But imagine the entrance lined with talipots!
Saw the talipot palms in Thailand. Truly gigantic. Probably too large for this driveway!
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Re: Aguaje harvest
« Reply #12 on: February 13, 2020, 04:39:11 PM »
It is very popular in the Peruvian Amazon, where it is usually consumed as a sweet drink called aguajina, which is very rich and tasty.
The fruit has very high carotene and oil content. The raw fruit tastes likes olives IMO, it is not sweet...

The palm is probably the most impressive palm I have seen..
Do you know how that drink is made? These palms can grow right inside puddles of water. Good to plant in areas that get flooded easily.

it usually grows in flooded areas.

aguajina is just made of water, boiled fruit pulp and sugar ;-)

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Hk4c7o01Ljo

also a very common and tasty drink made of camu camu is very easy to prepare: boil the fruit for a few minutes in water, remove the seeds and fibres and ad sugar....

 

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