CANDELA PERÚ

BIODIVERSITY

AGUAJE


Mauritia Flexuosa

Also known as buriti, the aguaje is a tree that can reach 35 meters high, and grows in wet, tropical weather in the Amazon rainforest area of South America.It prefers swampy ecosystems, where it grows in large groups of palm trees called “aguajales”. It is estimated that there are around 3 million hectares of “aguajales” in Peru. Recent studies have proved that aguaje palm trees have a larger capacity of C02 absorption than other plants. Considering this fact, it is very important to protect these delicate ecosystems from deforestation and pollution.

Aguajes  produce an elliptic drupe shaped fruit, with 4-5cm of diameter. It is reddish and has a scaly texture .Traditionally, they are consumed in juices and ice creams. The mesocarp of the fruit is rich in vitamin A, C and E. It is also rich in beta carotene which protects the cells from the effects of UV rays and fitoestrogens which strongly contribute to prevent ageing of the skin.