This fruit was highly desired in pre-Columbian America, due to its high nutritional value and exquisite fragrance and flavor.
Today, peach palm fruit continues to be greatly appreciated for its nutritional value across the Americas. The palm is also cultivated to harvest the lucrative “palm heart”—a valuable product for export and local consumption.
CATIE’s Botanical Garden is home to more than 600 samples of genetic material of peach palm (Bactris gasipaes) from various areas of Costa Rica, Panama and South America. Photograph the variety of palm tree sizes and colorful fruit clusters, which range from green and yellow to orange and bright red.
The technique of growing peach palm to produce palm hearts was developed at CATIE in the 1970s, and then later disseminated throughout the Americas