Fruit - raw or cooked. Sweet and pleasant. A nourishing food, though it is said to be an acquired taste. The fruit is up to 12mm long and 3mm wide. Young leaves - raw or cooked. An excellent food.Sap - sweet.
An excellent fibre is obtained from the leaf stalks. The best quality is from young leaf stalks still in the bud, whilst coarser material is obtained from older leaves or the bases of old leaf stalks surrounding the bud. The fibres are up to 50cm long, they are harvested commercially and used to make brushes, especially where these have to remain stiff in hot water or caustics.The roots contain tannin.
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This palm tolerates short-lived freezes down to about -10°c and can be grown outdoors in the very mildest areas of the country. Palms usually have deep penetrating root systems and generally establish best when planted out at a young stage. However, older plants are substantially more cold tolerant than juvenile plants. In areas at the limit of their cold tolerance, therefore, it is prudent to grow the plants in containers for some years, giving them winter protection, and only planting them into their permanent positions when sheer size dictates. This species can also be transplanted even when very large. Although the thick fleshy roots are easily damaged and/or desiccated, new roots are generally freely produced. It is important to stake the plant very firmly to prevent rock, and also to give it plenty of water until re-established - removing many of the leaves can also help.Plants are very slow-growing when young and take a considerable time to establish.
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