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 海底椰是野生棕榈科植物。在泰国,只是南部的海边地区才有生长。海底椰树生长极为缓慢,十几年才能长成结果。他有坚强的生命力,有的树整个根部泡在水中(不管海水或淡水),有的树生长在陆地上,几十年不用浇它一滴水,都可茁壮成长,有的树干被烧去九成以上,树顶仍枝叶茂盛。当地村民们说,年龄百年以上的椰树,仍在健康地结果。

          海底椰树有雌雄之分,雌树会结果,雄树不会结,但可由树顶上的长条雄性花蕊顶部分渗出一种淡黄色的汁液,当地人用来制作香甜的饮料、发酵醋及煮成糖块。

          椰果成熟,切开之后,一般有三粒果肉。其肉色白无瑕,有淡淡的清香。当地民众都知道,多吃新鲜果肉,有去热毒、通大便之效用。若碰上久咳、痰多,把椰果肉切片后在锅中以沸水稍煮,捞起后加点蜂蜜吃下,疗效极佳。海底椰是现代难得的绿色食品野生水果,我厂已得到泰国农业部颁发的“有机食品认证书”。

          Almost every part of the toddy palm tree can be used for various purposes, which renders the entire tree economically valuable. Likewise, the toddy palm fruits that we use in our series of food products are a source of many nutrients that are essential to human health. For this reason, the toddy palm fruit has been consumed by generations of local Thai villagers, as these fruits are known to nourish the lungs, lower body heat, remove phlegm, and fight coughs. The health benefits of the toddy palm fruit is also recognized by the Chinese, who in fact regard it as a traditional Chinese medicine and frequently consume it with other foods. You will encounter many other health benefits of the toddy palm fruit in the following pages.

          Toddy palms are an ancient family of trees that are known to live to more than a hundred years. Comprising more than 4000 species, they are found in highest abundance in Songkhla province in southern Thailand, especially in the districts of Sathing Phra and Ranot. In the propagation of toddy palm seeds, some scholars believe that animals play an important role. For instance, when elephants or buffalos eat the sea coconut, they also swallow the seeds. These animals can travel for hundreds of kilometers, thereby helping to propagate these seeds over large distances.

          The sea coconut tree bears most fruits in the hot season and less so in the rainy season. Sea coconut trees do not require any special attention; they can grow well in their natural environment. They are therefore organic plants with high economic value.