We are learning our way around the the landscaping at the River House. There are lots of trees, most of which we have little experience with in growing.
Here you see a pretty palm tree behind the garage, right at the corner of the property. Ok, I think I can identify a palm tree.
Then we walk around the side of the garage to get a good look and see these very large bunches of fruit hanging from the tree. Are they dates? Dates grow on palm trees don't they?
Looking closer at the fruit that has fallen to the ground I'm pretty sure they are not dates. They are small and round. About the size of a quarter.
My internet research (not always accurate) leads me to believe it is a Pindo Palm also known as a Jelly Palm. Here's a description I found of the fruit. Fruit: The one-inch, yellow to orange-colored fruits are round to oval-shaped, and hang in large sprays from the tree. Each fruit contains a single seed. The sweet-tart flavor is reminiscent of both apricots and a pineapple-banana mixture.
I did taste a couple and they kind of reminded me of mango. I also found some instructions for making jelly from the fruit but it is a lot of work as they are mostly "pit". The jelly would probably be tasty though.
Have you ever seen this palm tree growing?