The Survivor of Mayan Milpa

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The Survivor of Mayan Milpa

  • When the Maya clear rain forest to plant corn, they cut down all the trees except the huge palm known as the Cohune:
  • because the Maya use every part of the tree. Its palm leaves are excellent for thatching their roofs.
  • Here in this building we use Cohune palm leaves for ceiling insulation. They provide good insulation, and are beautiful to look at.
  • The cohune palm can grow to a hundred feet. Its leaves can be up to thirty five feet in length.
  • The Maya also use the trunk of the Cohune for housing, and the nut yields palm oil which is used for frying, as a lubricant, as an ingredient in soap, and for lighting lamps.
  • The top center of the trunk is also edible, as delicious as bamboo shoots.
  • Because of its wide range of uses, it is one of the most important trees in the lives of Mayan people。