Mauritia flexuosa L.

Palm tree from the Amazon, the buriti palm can be found in the North, Northeast and Midwest regions, especially in the Cerrado biome (the Brazilian savannah), and its mainly harvested between December and February. Source of vitamins A, B and C, iron, calcium and protein, the fruit, with brown skin and orange pulp, is often eaten raw or used in compotes, juices, ice creams and liqueurs. The fruit is also used to produce buriti oil, used in home cooking for frying, sautéing, and stewing food, and in the cosmetic industry.