Seed - ground into a flour and used as a thickener in soups or used with cereal flours when making bread. Young flower stalk - raw or cooked. It was generally roasted. Tender young leaves - roasted.Sap from the cut flowering stems is used as a syrup. Nectar from the flowering stems is made into a sweet syrup. The sap can also be tapped by boring a hole into the middle of the plant at the base of the flowering stem. It can be fermented into 'Mescal', a very potent alcoholic drink.
A very strong fibre obtained from the leaves is used for making rope, coarse fabrics etc. A paper can also be made from the fibre in the leaves. The thorns on the leaves are used as pins and needles.The dried flowering stems are used as a waterproof thatch and as a razor strop.
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This species is probably the hardiest member of the genus, it survives outdoors grown against a warm wall at Kew. A monocarpic species, the plant lives for a number of years without flowering but dies once it does flower. However, it normally produces plenty of suckers during its life and these take about 10 - 15 years in a warm climate, considerably longer in colder ones, before flowering. This plant is widely used by the native people in its wild habitat, it has a wide range of uses.Members of this genus are rarely if ever troubled by browsing deer.
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