The nipa (pronounced neepa, as in long e) palm or nypa fruticans is an unusual tree that thrives abundantly on the creek at the back of our house. Obviously it is the perfect and natural breeding area which is muddy and wet ground. This particular nipa shoots its fronds or leaves up to about three to four meters in height out of its usually submerged trunk. A resilient specie, the nipa is from the genus Nypa and the sole palm that thrives as mangrove. It is also very tolerant of the yearly dry season in our place.
It bears cluster of globular flowers that develop into miniature coconut-like dark brown “fruits” which contain nuts. Young fruits yield inside a firm gelatinous meat, called kaong, we use to mix with fruit(y) salads.
Farmers also tap the young flower clusters and extract the sap for fermentation and aging. The fermented sap is turned either into an alcoholic beverage locally known as tuba with a mild sweet taste but a potent and inebriating drink. Known to yield sap with a very high sugar content, nipa is a proven source of ethanol three times more than the yield from sugarcane.
In our locality the nipa is a popular and natural source of roofing and wall materials taken from the upright palm tree leaves woven into the finished shingles.
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