Herb: Quito Palm

Latin name: Parajubaea cocoides

Family: Palmae

Edible parts of Quito Palm:

Seed - raw or cooked. A sweet taste, it is a very popular food with children. The seed is about 2cm long. An edible oil is obtained from the seed.

Description of the plant:


15 m
(49 feet)

Habitat of the herb:

Found at altitudes from 2000 to 3000 metres.

Propagation of Quito Palm:

Seed - sow in a warm greenhouse as soon as it is ripe. It usually germinates freely. Stored seed is more difficult to germinate, it should be pre-soaked for 24 hours in warm water before sowing in a warm greenhouse. When they are large enough to handle, prick the seedlings out into individual pots and grow them on in the greenhouse for at least their first two winters. Plant them out into their permanent positions in late spring or early summer, after the last expected frosts. Give them some protection from the cold for their first few winters outdoors.

Cultivation of the herb:

Found at altitudes from 2000 to 3000 metres.

Medicinal use of Quito Palm:

None known

Known hazards of Parajubaea cocoides:

None known

Plant information taken from the Plants For A Future.