Palmetto palm – Sabal palmetto

Palmetto palm – Sabal palmetto

Description:

The palmetto palm is a tall, unbranched tree with persistent leaf bases on most of the trunk. The leaves are large, simple, and palmately lobed. Its fruits are dark blue or black with a hard seed.

Habitat and Distribution:

The palmetto palm is found throughout the coastal regions of the southeastern United States.

Edible Parts:

The fruits are edible raw. The hard seeds may be ground into flour. The heart of the palm is a nutritious food source at any time. Cut off the top of the tree to obtain the palm heart.