BACTRIS GASIPAES - Pejibaye, Peach Palm
A Central and South American palm extensively grown for its fruit, this tall tree has bands of spines, feathery dark green leaves and flowers similar to chestnut. Known to bear in 3 years, the yellow or red fruits are roasted and boiled in soup. Due to its use as "heart of Palm", it is extensively cultivated and will grow in protected areas (29°F).