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Juçara Palm

Popular name: Juçara palm
Scientific name: Euterpe edulis

Palmeira-juçara Inhotim
The stipes of this palm tree were often used by traditional people to build their houses. Photo: João Marcos Rosa/Nitro.

Also known as sweet heart of palm, its main product is usually consumed naturally or pickled, in addition to being very important for feeding birds. This palm tree of the Atlantic Forest used to occur expressively throughout the forest, yet its predatory exploration made it nearly extinct in several regions. The stem might reach up to 12 meters high.

Currently, there are several projects to make possible the production of juçara juice, extremely rich in antioxidants, as it happens with açaí.

Palmeira-juçara Inhotim
The heart of the palm is a highly appreciated delicacy, but its removal leads the plant to death. Photo: João Marcos Rosa/Nitro.
Palmeira-juçara Inhotim
At Inhotim, the palm tree can be seen close to the artwork untitled, by Amilcar de Castro. Photo: João Marcos Rosa/Nitro.
Palmeira-juçara Inhotim
Elegant, it attracts several birds during winter, when the forest has less food to offer. Photo: João Marcos Rosa/Nitro.


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