It’s Thursday, and we’re throwing it back to the king of trees. Not the cotton tree, nope, we’re talking about the tree that gives you something to eat, something to drink, something for your body, something for your house and something for you to play with. We’re talking about the Palm Tree. Yes oh, the tree that made it possible for us to unapologetically enjoy Palmbutter. And if you think Palmbutter is the only thing this king made possible for Liberians, just relax because below are six different uses of the Palm tree in Liberia.
6 Common Uses for the Palm Plant
Whether it’s the deliciously thick palm-butter soup, the sweet and unique taste of sugar palm, or just suckling on the palm kernel, there are many ways to eat the palm fruit! In Liberia, palm butter soup is a favorite of the Kru people of Sinoe County, and we don’t blame them! Paired with fresh seafood and dried meat, palm butter soup is a masterpiece!
Jesus once turned water into wine, and God created the palm plant which secretes its own organic alcoholic beverage, palm wine, and #they say drinking is a sin. (lol). On a more serious note, though, palm wine is a huge part of Liberian culture, as it provides a livelihood for many farmers who also double as wine tappers. The wine also brings people together, as it is traditionally used as the social alcoholic drink of choice, especially in remote counties, second to cane juice. In addition to that, that are some great health benefits of palm wine, including;
+Improved eyesight. – Vitamins C and B found in the wine supports in improving the eyesight.
+Cancer Fighting – The vitamin B2 found in the wine supports in fighting off cancer cells
+Reduces risks of cardio-vascular disease
+Contains iron and vitamin B complex, which supports the health of the hair, skin, and nails.
In Liberia, palm leaves are used for weaving purposes, yielding handmade fishing baskets and nets. Likewise, the palm thatch is the most popular material for weaving in rural Liberia.
4. Architectural Uses
In rural Liberia, many of the traditional homes are built using palm thatches. The thatches are placed on the roof of the huts to work as the roofing. While it may sound unconventional, this roofing method has proved very effective for village housings all across Africa for centuries.
One of our favorite uses for the palm plant is in skincare and beauty products. Used as a key ingredient in one of our favorite made in Liberia products, J-Palm Kernel Fresh, kernel oil is a super power for all your skincare needs. Also popular in most soaps, shampoo, etc., is both the red palm oil, and the kernel oil. The oils from the palm plant has many incredible benefits for the skin, including shine, elasticity, and blemish removal.
Some miscellaneous uses of the palm plant include traditional uses like raffia. The raffia from the palm plant can be used for traditional masquerade garments. Also a common use for raffia is fashion purses, home décor baskets/mats, brooms, etc.
With the abundance of the palm plant all across Liberia, it will be interesting to see how the country can industrialize its benefits.