Arenga pinnata, also known as sugar palm or gomuti palm, is a palm species found in Southeast Asia, including Indonesia, Malaysia, and the Philippines.
The tree can reach up to 20 meters in height, and its trunk is covered in sharp, black spines. The tree produces large, fan-shaped leaves that can reach up to 4 meters in length, and its fruit is a round, orange-colored drupe that contains a hard, fibrous nut.
Arenga pinnata is used in a variety of ways in traditional Southeast Asian cultures. The sap of the tree can be harvested and fermented to make a sweet syrup, which is used as a sweetener and flavoring agent in cooking. The sap can also be boiled to make palm sugar, which is commonly used in Southeast Asian desserts.
In addition to its culinary uses, Arenga pinnata is also used for its fiber, which is obtained from the leaf sheaths and is used to make rope, baskets, and other woven goods. The tree is also used for its wood, which is hard and durable and is used in construction.
Overall, Arenga pinnata is an important and versatile palm species found in Southeast Asia, valued for its culinary, fiber, and wood uses. However, conservation efforts are needed to ensure the continued survival of the species, as habitat loss and overexploitation for its various uses are threatening its populations in some areas.