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Canarium indicum (Ambae Giant)

Nangai Tree

This particular cultivar is known for producing copious amounts of delectable nuts and is a favorite with the locals on the small volcanic island of Ambae and one of the five most popular varieties from Vanuatu that are said to have been hand selected and passed down through the generations for hundreds of years. The nuts are preferably eaten fresh, though just as commonly dried or lightly roasted and are highly appreciated for their fresh and crisp, irresistibly nutty, yet delicately buttery flavor. Like all varieties of C. indicum, Ambae Giant requires tropical conditions for best results. The island nut farmers claim that it can produce quality nuts in as little as 5 years from seed, and that trees reach maximum productivity at around 9 years of age. Ambae Giant is ideal for commercial orchards as well as for home gardens as it also makes a wonderful ornamental. It is also appreciated for its light construction wood.

 
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The Encyclopedia of Cultivated Palms

The Encyclopedia of Cultivated Palms
by Robert Lee Riffle, Paul Craft, Scott Zona

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The Encyclopedia of Cultivated Palms is the definitive account of all palms that can be grown for ornamental and economic use. Palms are often underutilized as a result of their unfamiliarity—even to tropical gardeners. To help introduce these valuable plants to a new audience, the authors have exhaustively documented every genus in the palm family.
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