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What is palm fruit?

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Palm fruit is the type of fruit that grows on a palm tree. There are many different varieties of palm fruit but the most common are coconuts, dates and acai berries.

Almost all palm fruit is edible, although some can be toxic. Coconut, dates and acai berries are the most popular fruits from the palm because of their taste and high nutritional value. Coconut products have exploded in popularity over the past few years and are sold as oil, water or milk. Dates have been a delicacy in the Middle East for thousands of years, with Medjool dates being the most popular in the United States. Acai berries are considered a valuable antioxidant and have been added to products like water, juices, teas and vitamin supplements.

The use of palm oil has also grown in popularity in the United States as a replacement for trans fats. However, palm oil is naturally high in saturated fats. Palm oil is made from the African oil palm tree that originated in West Africa. Today, the African oil palm tree is grown throughout the world in places like Africa, China, North and South America, with Indonesia and Malaysia exporting nearly 85 percent of the world's supply of palm oil.


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