Euterpe edulis Mart. Palmae. Assai Palm.
Tropical America. The long, terminal bud of this Brazilian palm is pronounced by Gardner equal to asparagus in flavor when cooked.
Euterpe montana R. Grah.
Islands of New Spain. The terminal leaf-bud is used as a cabbage.
Euterpe oleracea Mart. Assai Palm.
Brazil. Bates says the fruit forms a universal article of diet in all parts of Brazil. It is the size of a cherry, round and contains but a small portion of pulp, which is made, with the addition of water, into a thick, violet-colored beverage. Mrs. Agassiz pronounces this diet drink as very good, eaten with sugar and farina of the mandioc. The terminal leaf-bud is used as a cabbage.
Sturtevant's Edible Plants of the World, 1919, was edited by U. P. Hedrick.