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California Fan Palm Tree

The California Fan Palm was an important resource for the Cahuilla Indians of Southern California, who called it maul. They used it for food, especially the fruit/nut which they ground up as flour or made into a mush. They also soaked the fruits to produce a sweet beverage and made jelly from the fruit. Trees produced a dozen or so such date clusters at 5-20 lbs. each.

The spongy pith in the center was sometimes boiled and eaten and was called maul pasun or "heart of the palm." The Fan Palm was also used for construction (fronds for roof thatch), and leaves were stripped and used in various weaving applications.

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