Tuesday, September 8, 2015

Thailand jungle food: Fishtail Palm Fruit danger

I have mentioned the Fishtail Palm several times as a jungle food source in the jungle... partly because it's so common and party because it's tasty.

This time I want to mention the fruit. The actual pulp part of the fruit has raphide crystals made of calcium oxalate. DO NOT eat the pulp part of this fruit! It's not really a poison, but the sharp crystals will be highly irritating.

The kernel part of the seed is edible. It's a lot of work to get this kernal. If you've got lots of time on your hands and just want to sit in the shade and do it, then it makes sense. It would be a good idea to wash the kernals in case there was any residual pulp crystals left.

I have personally swallowed some calcium oxalate crystals. It was very unpleasant.

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