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.
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.