Posted by Adam Jadhav | Filed under ecuador
Palms in the Oriente are some of the most useful trees for the Shuar community.
Palms of varying types are used at different stages of their growth: Seeds are actually collected for planting as well as for jewelry and crafts. Leaves are used for covering and roofs. Palm heart — an incredibly tasty but not so sustainable produce — is collected from some trees for food. The roots harbor all manner of insects for eating. And the hardwood of a full-grown tree is precious and durable.
As volunteers, we spend several afternoons gathering their seeds and then dispersing them on to open fields.