The Bocaiúva, also known as macaúba is a brazilian palm tree whose fruits are important for the native fauna preservation because it feeds several animals and birds, specially the emblematic arara (macaw). The pulp and flour extracted from the fruits are rich in A vitamin and betacarotene therefore are utilized in the food industry for the manufacturing of juices, ice creams, cakes, breads and sweets. The oils extracted from pulp, shells and nuts are rich in lauric, palmistic and oleic(omega 9) fat acids with several already proven functional benefits and possibilities of usage in the cosmetics, food and pharmaceutical industries.
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