The Palmyra palm (Borassus flabellifer) belongs to Arecaceae (the Palm family). It is a tall evergreen tree that is native to the Indian subcontinent and Southeast Asia. This tree grows in hot, dry, monsoonal areas, and up to a height of 30 m. The trunk is gray, robust and ringed with leaf scars. The leaves are fan-shaped and 3 m long, with robust black teeth on the petiole margins. It produces fleshy fruits 10-18 cm in diameter, each containing 1-3 seeds. The fruits are black to brown with sweet, fibrous pulp and each seed is enclosed within a woody endocarp.