Pindo Palm Fruit Makes Sweet Jelly

Butia capitata
Once Classified as Cocos australis

The South American pindo palm, Butia capitata, sets a delicious, edible fruit. The berries are tasty when eaten raw but they also make wonderful jelly and wine. This is why the pindo is commonly called the wine or jelly palm.

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Picture of a pindo palm in a front yard landscape design.

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The fruits form in dense clusters weighing as much as 50 pounds per stem. Each 1 inch, bright yellow or orange berry houses 1-3 seeds. The fruit is fragrant, juicy and tastes of pineapple and apricot.

Picture of a butia palm with ferns growing in its boots.Ferns are growing in the boots of this jelly palm tree.

This is a commonly seen natural occurrence in Florida palms and is not damaging to the tree.

Some gardeners even place the ferns into the palm tree’s boots themselves.

Butia capitata features pale blue-green or blue-gray recurving fronds which grow out of a stout, heavily textured trunk. The textured appearance is a result of the tree’s habit of retaining the leaf-bases or “boots” of fallen fronds. B. capitata var strictior is unusual in that its fronds fall cleanly giving this variety a smooth trunk.

It can grow to over 18 feet in accommodating climates.

While the tree is still fairly short, the arching outer fronds can touch the ground. The inner leaves are much more upright.

Pindo palm growing at Dunlawton Sugar Mill Gardens.

The flower stalks emerge from the trunk near the base of the fronds. In late spring or early summer they burst into bloom bearing a profusion of tiny magenta flowers.

This palm can withstand a considerable amount of frost being hardy down to 10 degrees F. It is the most hardy of the feather (pinnate leaved) palms. It is also drought tolerant and low maintenance.

It will grow in sun or shade. Shade will cause the fronds to grow larger and “greener”. Unlike many palms, jelly palms transplant easily. They also don’t seem to have a preference for one side of the U.S. over the other. They will live happily on the east or west coast.

Newly planted pindo palms in Lake Mary.Newly planted pindo palms in Lake Mary, Florida.

The jelly palm is slow growing and can thrive in a pot for years.

Propagation is by seed.

To get pindo palm seed to germinate, plant it fresh and prepare to wait.

The seed is very slow to sprout. Keep the seed container warm and damp and eventually, you will succeed.

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