Canary Palm Tree (Phoenix Canariensis)

The Canary Palm Tree, also known as Phoenix Canariensis Palm or Canary Island Date Palm, is an endemic species of the Canary archipelago and an iconic symbol of the region. These majestic Canary Palms can grow up to 20 meters, and their long, elegant, arching leaves give them a distinctive appearance. Widely popular as an ornamental Canary Palm Plant, it’s cultivated throughout Mediterranean coastlines where temperatures don’t drop below -10°C.

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Canary Island Palm Tree: An iconic symbol of the Canaries and the source of the exquisite delicacy, Palm Honey (Miel de Palma)

The Canary Palm not only beautifies the La Palma landscape but is also found throughout the islands, thriving in diverse habitats from coastal areas to mountainous zones, especially between altitudes of 200 and 500 meters. Its adaptability and resilience make the Canariensis Palm a key species in the Canary ecosystem. Particularly on the island of La Gomera, the presence of these Phoenix Canariensis Palm trees not only enhances the natural environment but plays a crucial role in the local economy, primarily due to the production of the traditional Palm syrup or Palm Honey, derived from the Canary Palm Tree’s sap.

How Palm Honey is Produced

Canary Palm Honey, a delicious and genuine product from La Gomera, is made from the sap of the emblematic Canary Island Palm Tree, commonly known as guarapo. This sweet treat is crafted by boiling the guarapo for several hours until it achieves a consistency similar to bee honey, taking on a unique dark hue.

While the production of Palm Honey is mainly focused on La Gomera, its exquisite taste has transcended borders, becoming a staple in the gastronomy of other Canary islands and even beyond the archipelago. This versatile ingredient complements various desserts, goat cheese, and gofio and is used in sauces to accompany meats in Gomeran and Canary cuisine.

Benefits of Canary Palm Honey

Beyond its delightful taste, Palm Honey also boasts health benefits. It’s effective in soothing colds and throat pains, whether consumed alone, used for gargling, or mixed with lemon. Its specific properties help prevent urinary infections, and its rich content of copper, iron, phosphorus, magnesium, potassium, sodium, and zinc is vital for the body.

Thanks to its balanced caloric contribution and high content of essential trace elements, Palm Honey is an excellent dietary supplement for athletes, children, people with anemia, and even those treating hypothyroidism. It’s also used to treat skin eruptions or mucous infections and as a body cleanser.

In conclusion, Canary Palm Honey is a traditional product from La Gomera that not only delights the palate but also offers health benefits, seamlessly adapting to modern gastronomic trends in Canary cuisine and beyond.


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