Tuesday, February 2, 2010

BURI OR BULI. The largest palm tree in the country!

One of the largest palm trees in the world, this stately palm tree is comparable and as useful as the Coconut tree. Nothing is wasted from this palm since young fruits are made into sweets, the terminal core known as "ubod" is cooked and prepared similar to that of the "labong" or young bamboo shoot, the sap is made into wine, "tuba" or toddy, vinegar or soap ingredient, fiber known as "buntal" and "raffia" is made into hats, the midrib of the leaves known as "calasiao" is also made into a hat, broom, basket and other furnitures, wood is used or classified as "coco lumber" and the leaves are used as roof thatch..........the list seems endless.

Buri (scientific name Corypha Elata) is a type of fan palm and like all corypha species will only flower during the end of its matured life. After producing thousands or upto a million flowers, which will turn into seeds, it will die.

25 comments:

Anonymous said...

Very nice and useful for forestry who study for kinds of trees

Rico said...

THANKS!

Anonymous said...

we are buying the seeds of that to export...

Anonymous said...

hello, I want to know the chemical components of tuba and I also wanna know what particular chemical component of tuba is used in soap making? If you know the answer can you email it to may yahho account: glydel.mandane@ymail.com thanks.

Rico said...

Anonymous, according to the Revised Lexicon of Philippine Trees by Justo P. Rojo, there are different species of "tuba" in the Philippines. If you are referring to tuba (Croton tiglium), then it is an exotic or introduced species.

Sorry but this site is not intended in promoting exotic or introduced plant species nor to further enhance or develop its potentials. Nevertheless, you might want to check out this link......http://www.stuartxchange.com/Tuba.html

reyn said...

magtatanong lang, it is said that the root is stimulants, so pde po bang gawing thesis and stimulant factor nito? gumagamit kme ng bule almost everyday of our life due to our business in making suman..

and besides, naitatapon lang po namin ang stalk nito dhil ndi naman yun ang kelangan ee

Rico said...

reyn, hindi ako masyado familiar sa mga chemical or medicinal properties ng mga halaman at puno natin dito sa Pilipinas. Pero ayon sa website ng Philippine Medicinal Plants, "Roots are demulcent, emollient, diuretic and stimulant.", bukod sa napakarami pang gamit at pinakikinabangan mula sa Buli. Dahil dito, maganda nga ang idea mo na mapag-aralan pa upang makatuklas pa ng iba pang gamit at potential ng nasabing puno, lalo na kung ito ay ginagamit ng pamilya mo sa pang araw-araw. Importante lang siguro na mapangalagaan ang mga Buri para hindi sila maubos sa ating mga kapaligiran lalo na sa mga kagubatan.

dave said...

hello po..where can i found ths plant in mindanao?

Anonymous said...

How about the vinegar of buli,, did you know how to distilled its vinegar? I need it in my thesis,, actually i already have a source but i hv no idea how to distilled its vinegar,,, and another one, how may percent of water in destilled vinegar?

Anonymous said...

Rico,,, please help me to gather some info about vinegar of buli, its scientific name, how to distilled its vinegar, percentage of water and chemical,
I hope you can help me
Thank you!!!

Rico said...

It is the first time that I have heard of the word "distilled" being associated with vinegar. From what I have learned from my chemistry subject in high-school, distillation is a process which involves heating for evaporation and condensation to take place to create a purified compound. A simple example is applying the process of turning ordinary tap or house water to produce distilled water.

Upon searching the internet, I found a link that may help discuss further what is Distilled Vinegar. Please check out the link below.

http://www.ehow.com/how_5535912_make-distilled-vinegar.html

As for applying this process to make a Buri Distilled Vinegar, you might want to inquire from TESDA (Technical Education and Skills Development Authority) or TLRC / TRC (Technology Livelihood Resource Center) if they have the information.

Another resource you might want to check is "Sukang Bulacan" on facebook. They make organic Nipa Palm Vinegar.

Good luck!

Anonymous said...

Hello. Thank you for this posting. I just learned recently that our town's name of Buli was derived from this palm tree. Now my task is finding wholesalers of products ie hats and fans made from this.

Rico said...

A good start of finding buri products is to go to the market area and look for the stores that sell handicrafts. Items that would most likely be made of this palm tree leaves are baskets, hats and brooms. I even heard from a local in San Pablo that the fibers from the leaves of this palm can be made into our national costume, which is the barong tagalog.


Anonymous said...

San po mkabili ng buli fruits

Anonymous said...

Ask lang po where to buy that buli fruits

Rico said...

Will check out if the seeds I have are still viable, otherwise I don't have any idea where you can buy it.

Rico said...

Yes, the Buri seeds that I have are still viable. Some are even germinating already. Pls. contact me at 09178834691 if you are still interested. Thanks!

Anonymous said...

Ilan po kaya Percentage Yield ang napoproduce na Sugar sa Buri Sap?
at lahat po ba ng Sap ng Buri ay nagagawang sugar thanks po.

Carl Pecitas said...

Hi ... ask ko lng f bumibili pa kayo ng buli seeds?

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Anonymous said...

Hello. I was wondering about the properties that composed the buntal fibers of Buli. Studies in relation to the application of this fibers wasn't popularly mention. Do this website imply specific properties of Buli Buntal Fibers? If so, do tell.

marinel nagares said...

dto sa quezon meron

Anonymous said...

I'd like to have buri or buli fibers for my experiment. Where can I get these fibers in Metro Manila?

Rico said...

Anonymous, I don't see Buri palms here in Metro Manila anymore. I'm sure you can still find a few, but I have no idea where you can locate one in Manila. I still see one or two at a time in Laguna area. There is a place in Quezon province where they are still abundant.

Rico said...

We have young buri palm trees at the farm. You can contact me thru my email or cellphone number. Thanks.

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