Scientific Name: Attalea cohune

Plant Family: Palmae

Other Names: cohune

Corozo palms are a subsidy from nature, with a wide range of household uses. Salts can be derived from the leaf and fresh nuts make a delicious sweet. The perfumed flowers are important ritual ornaments, while fans are made from the leaf. Most importantly, valuable phosphates are regenerated by the roots to rejuvenate the soils. Furthermore, these palms are fire resistant, flourish when punished by human activities, rebound when cut, and are only eliminated when downed for the heart, or palmito, a delicious salad. Today, the shell is used by local artisans for crafts. These majestic palms are found in the forest garden, in groves around El Pilar, in pastures were they tenaciously hold their ground, and deep in the Maya forest far from present-day life.
If you walk down the beginning of the Community Creek Trail on the other side of the parking lot, you will see a small house with a corozo roof, a common use of this palm in many parts of the Selva Maya. The thatching can also be seen at the reconstructed houses of Tzunu'un.

Corozo nuts can be roasted and added to food, and their oil can be extracted and used for cooking, salve, fuel, and soap. The oil can be processed and used as a high-quality oil for machine parts. Activated charcoal can also be made from husks. Many decorative items are made from corozo nuts. These include jewelry, small carvings, and napkin rings. When polished, the varing shades of brown on these nuts shells are quite beautiful.

Studies of corozo palms suggest they can live as long as 180 years.