Volume 22 No. 1 – Some Familiar Philippine Palms that Produce High Food Value and Tikog
Aside from forest trees that we usually feature in RISE, there are other plant species that can be propagated for economic and environmental benefits. Among such plants are palms and tikog.
Palms are minor forest products that abundantly grow in our forests. They have numerous economic uses and are known to provide edible fruits and shoots, buds, alcohol, starch, sugar, oils, fibers, raw materials for furniture making, handicraft, house construction, ornamental and other uses. Ornamental palms are planted mostly in school campuses, hospital grounds, building and hotel parks, and along highways. Palms are also used as indoor plants and serve as good landscape materials for home gardens.
This compilation of RISE serves as a guide for our readers/end-users in their quest for information on the characteristics of this palm tree, economic uses and usefulness as an ornamental plant. Nine palm species were included in this issue.
Tikog is a multipurpose species that grows in marshlands in the Philippines. Its stalks can be made into mats, handbags, placemats, baskets, tobacco cases and other novelty items as well as handicrafts.
We hope that the information we are providing in this issue will be of use to those interested in the production of raw materials from these palm species and tikog.