Palm - Jelly or Wine Palm

Butia capitata

Jelly Palms growing in a display garden as feature plants

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The Butia or Jelly palm yields a host of edible and useful products. They have large stalks of golden fruit in clusters. The fruit is green before it ripens, then turns golden, sometimes having a reddish tinge when ready to eat. Soft, tasty flesh surrounds a hard seed that looks like a miniature coconut. Simply peel the flesh away and eat it, prepare a soft puree, or use Butia Palm fruit in jelly. The taste is delicious and starts out like apple and transforms into tropical like flavours similar to an apricot/banana mix. Although delicious when eaten fresh they are most often preserved due to their stringy fibrous flesh. Jelly palm fruits are picked as they ripen. If whole bunches are harvested, they tend to ripen all at once. They keep well under refrigeration for around a week. This South American palm is native to Brazil and is the hardiest feather-leafed palm in cultivation. The palm has beautiful blue-green leaves that are strongly curved making it instantly recognisable. It is an essential palm for the exotic garden and is also a wonderful indoor plant providing light is adequate. For best results fertilize the Palm in the spring, and in mid summer. The spent leaves should be cut to improve its appearance. A long living palm (over 20 years) it enjoys full sun or part shade and thrives in a sandy loam soil. Adequate moisture will greatly improve yields.
Other Names: Wine Palm

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Specifications of Palm - Jelly or Wine Palm

Preferred Climate Subtropical, Warm TemperateLearn About Climate Zones

Grown From SeedlingLearn About Propagation Methods

Max Height (when in the ground with good conditions) 5-10m

Plants required to Pollinate 1 (Self Pollinating)Learn about Pollination

Can it Handle Frosts? Yes

Amount of leaves in Winter? All Leaves (Evergreen)

Water Requirements Drought Hardy (Little Watering)

Fruiting/Harvest Months February, March, April

Palm - Jelly or Wine Palm Reviews & Tips

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Fruit
11months ago

Bankstown, NSW, Australia

Palm - Jelly or Wine Palm

This advice from Daley'sFruit is wrong, because the male and female flowers are on the same palm: "Plants required to Pollinate 3 Plants (Male and Female)" See this: https://www.crfg.org/pubs/ff/edible-palms.html#jelly

Peter Hegener
3y ago

Yeoval, NSW, Australia

Palm - Jelly or Wine Palm

I live in a very cold area in nsw mid west this palm is very suited to this area

Noel Hall
5y ago

Inala 4077, QLD, Australia

Jelly Palm or Wine Palm

There is a very old butia capitata or jelly palm fruiting in the City Botanic Gardens Brisbane at present, Feb 2015 and I saw two palms at Hahndorf near Adelaide that bear heavy crops of fruit every May and I love the sweet @ sour taste of these fruit

health101orgarticles1
★★★ 6y ago

BANKSTOWN NORTH, NSW, Australia

Sweet.Organic.No fruit fly problem.No bird problem.No rat problem.No fruit bat problem.Maybe that's because the harvest period is only two or three weeks, which might be too short to attract the attention of pests. Tropical appearance of palm.Less thef...

Simone
6y ago

Barkers Vale, NSW, Australia

Jelly Palm or Wine Palm

Slow grower, but produces delicious and prolific fruit. Worth the wait!Bag young fruit spikes with a large white feed bag to out-compete the rats, bats and birds. Easily handles light frosts

Suzanne Hirst,
10y ago

Adelaide, S.A., Australia

Jelly Palm or Wine Palm

Delicious edible juice from fruits, combination of quince, passionfruit, pineapple, apricot, strawberry all in one. Strong & tart, requires sweetening to taste.

Suzanne Hirst
10y ago

Adelaide, S.A., Australia

Jelly Palm or Wine Palm

Butia Capitata globule fruits, the B. Yatay teardrop fruit. In Adelaide garden about 10 years before fruiting. Each year 3 huge bracts laden with aromatic fruits. Pick when bright orange, wash, boil 2 hours, de-stone then squeeze out juice. Cordial/jelly.

Sara Powter
10y ago

Kincumber, NSW

Jelly Palm or Wine Palm

I believe the difference between a Butia capitata and Butia yatay is that the yatay drops its frons and the capitata doesn't! The frons make a beautiful 'cap' or skirt around the palm stem if left uncut.

Sara Powter
10y ago

Kincumber, NSW

Jelly Palm or Wine Palm

I am on the Central Coast NSW and moved a jelly palm ( Butia capitata) about 1 km 9 years ago. It took an earth mover and huge semi trailer! it had been in its old position for over 50 years. It's still fruiting well and growing beautifully!

Anne Mcalpine
10y ago

Ballimore, NSW

Jelly Palm or Wine Palm

I bought a jelly palm from Daleys about 4 yrs ago. I live in an area of -5 to 45deg temperature range and my palm is doing really well Admittedly mine is in a pot and hasnt fruited yet.I am about to plant into the ground soon .

Lorna
★★★★★ 11y ago

Albany, WA, Australia

No maintenance required. Does its own thing and fruits very well. Easy to bag the fruit to stop birds. Each spray of fruit is like a separate branch of the tree. Put a big chaff bag over it and when ripe the fruit fall off into the neck of the bag for ...

Rolflor A
11y ago

Sydney, NSW, Australia, Australia

Jelly Palm or Wine Palm

One of the Jelly Palms took 5 years and 2 months to fruit,with about 500 fruits/4.5kgs.

Rolflora
11y ago

Sydney, NSW

Jelly Palm or Wine Palm

Chinese names and chinese characters for the Jelly Palm. - http://www.plantnames.unimelb.edu.au/Sorting/Butia.html#capitata .It also mentions a subspecies ' yatay '.Is Daley's Jelly Palm a subspecies?

Rolflor A
11y ago

Sydney, NSW

Jelly Palm or Wine Palm

This is a good tasting palm fruit.

Rolflor A
11y ago

Sydney, N S W

Jelly Palm or Wine Palm

Other Jelly Palms,eg those as existing street trees and in private gardens,aren't as good tasting as Daley's Jelly Palm variety.Daley's Jelly Palm might be from a superior seed.Daley's is less stringy,less acid and better tasting.

Rolf
14y ago

Bankstown, NSW, Australia

Jelly Palm or Wine Palm

$3500 to $4000 : Daleysfruit are selling this edible palm at a bargain price of only about $15. If you visit landsendtexotics.co.nz you will see their cheapest is nearly $4000 !

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