The palm tree is one of the strongest trees in the world. In tropical Africa, this plant grow wild, though it’s now cultivated.
In Igbo land, the leaves, barks and roots is used to produce different kinds of medicine. The boiled seeds serve as food and the oil is used for cooking. The wood is strong enough for building and other carpentry work. The kernel oil when extracted is used by cosmetic and pharmaceutical companies. In the countryside, parts of the tree is used for fuel and the tree leaves used as brooms. The roots when mixed with other herbs heal ailments ranging from Malaria to Typhus. From the tree leaves to its roots, we can see that the palm tree is important. No part of this plant is ever wasted in Africa!
Red oil, as it is commonly called, is the most popular cooking oil in Nigeria. At one time, palm oil was a major export for Nigeria.
Studies have shown that storms and strong winds do not have enough power to break, or even uproot a palm tree!
Why the tree may not be popular in temperate and other climates, its traditional relevance and usefulness to tropical West Africa can’t be overemphasized. This crop is a symbol of endurance and strength.
Now a friendly advice from an African: be like the palm tree.