Anyone have a recipe for Jelly from my Pindo Palm?

Loveplants2 8b Virginia Beach, VirginiaJuly 22, 2009

Hello Everyone....My name is Laura and I am new to this Palm Forum...I have many Sables (15 footers) and Pindos or Jelly palms growing in my yard here in Virginia.

I am looking for a recipe for making Jelly from the fruit of my Pindo Palm....My palms are very mature and produce large blooms with many fruit along with many seeds...I did try to follow a recipe with a different type of fruit, but I thought someone here on this forum might have a great recipe to share

Any ideas? Thank you for any advice!!!


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Hi Laura,

What part of Va are you in? (I assume Va Beach area). How are your Jelly palms doin? Any protection in the winter? I planted a pindo last year and seems to be doing fine - although appears to be a slow grower...

I came across this recipe...

2 cups prepared palm fruit juice

3 1/4 cups sugar

1/2 cup liquid fruit pectin

Remove pits from palm fruit, barely cover with water and bring to a boil for about 5 minutes. Crush fruit and strain through a jellybag. Measure into a saucepan. Add sugar to juice and mix well. Bring to a boil over high heat, stirring constantly. At once stir in pectin. Bring to a full rolling boil and boil hard for 1 minute, stirring constantly. Remove from heat, skim off foam and pour quickly into hot, clean jars. For long term storage, the USDA reccommends heat processing all jams and jellies in a waterbath canner for 5 to 10 minutes. Yield about 4, 8 ounce jars.

Palm Fruit Jelly

5 cups juice (see cook's note)

Juice of 1 lemon

1 box Sure-Jell fruit pectin

5 cups sugar

1/2 teaspoon butter, to prevent foaming

Cook's note: Gather fruit when the first fruit begins to fall from the tree, Chris says. "People are happy for you to take it, especially if you give them a jar of jelly in return. I collect it in a plastic clothes basket and let the fruit ripen outdoors until it begins to fall off the stalk, usually in a day or two. I covered it with screening this year to keep flies away!

"Rinse the fruit thoroughly; it is not necessary to remove the 'caps' on the fruit as they will cook off. Fill a large pot with the fruit leaving several inches at the top. Cover the fruit with water, bring it to a boil, and then cook at medium for 1 hour uncovered. Let the fruit cool down for an hour. To collect the juice: Scoop portions of fruit and juice into a jelly bag over another container and squeeze the bag to get the juice, some of it will appear thick, and then discard the pits. (This is the messy part). You may notice that your juice may vary in thickness, and you can combine all of it and stir to get a more homogenous batch before you begin the jelly making. As I measure for each batch, I sieve it through a cloth baby diaper (purchased new for this purpose!) to remove any small bits of pulp."

To make jelly: In large pot (pasta size) combine palm juice and lemon juice, and stir in box of pectin, using a whisk. Heat to a boil and stir in sugar and butter. Bring mixture back to a boil and turn heat down to medium high and continue to cook for 13-15 minutes. Monitor closely so that it does not boil over. Palm jelly requires longer cooking time than other jelly.

Pour jelly into half-pint sterilized canning jars, leaving 1/4 inch headspace, and process for 5 minutes.

    Bookmark   July 22, 2009 at 9:00AM
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Loveplants2 8b Virginia Beach, Virginia


Thank you so much for all of the information!!! I have tried for several years to make Jelly from the Pindo...the first year it came out OK...but the second time it didn't set up at all! LOL...

I will use your recipe for sure!!! My fruit on several of my trees are about 3 weeks from I will have to wait.

I am here in VB... My palms have been in the ground for about 15 years...(The cabbages/Sabals have been in the ground the longest. My pindos have been planted for about 12 years. I no longer do anything to them in the winter...however I do watch the weather when it gets close to a hard freeze...If it gets around 25 degrees for a few consec. days, then I will place heat cords around the hearts of the trees and tuck them in with burlap.
I haven't had to do this for a long time!!! Thank goodness because it is a process (I have about 9-10) in my backyard so it is a major job when it is cold outside!!! I don't do anything to protect my Windmills...and I have several Ponytails that are in pots which I bring inside during the fall. (Bottle Palm as well)

What part of VA are you from? I would guess maybe up in No. Va.? How is your pindo doing? Do you fertilize? do you ever give it epsom salt? They love that!!! (if you want any info on the fert. that I use just let me know...I will be happy to share!!!

If I can ever help you....please let me know...and again thank you for the recipe!!!


    Bookmark   July 22, 2009 at 10:16AM
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I have 2 Pindos and was just wondering what the epsom salt does for them? I have read to fertilize once a year during the growing season and pretty much leave them alone, but I know others fertilize more often.

    Bookmark   July 22, 2009 at 11:52AM
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I was also wondering that. Also if I fertilize it in mid August will it still be in active growth mode by fall because mine has a long winter ahead of it which is predicted to be snowier and cooler than average.
If its like the 03 snow then Im in trouble, but I do have plans for a styrofoam box which Ill put on it for nights below 21F which happenes about 10-20 times during a somewhat average winter. My plan is to keep it above 20F at all times and if it works maybe Ill plant a washingtonia filifera in a few years.
Thanks in advance.

    Bookmark   July 22, 2009 at 12:22PM
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That is awesome, loveplants! I would love to see some photos, if you need help on how to post, just let me know!

You are welcome for the recipe! I hope it works out good for you. I have always wanted to try pindo jelly jelly. Let me know how yummy (or yuck) it turns out!

I am in Lynchburg. gets a bit cooler than vb, but we can still manage a few palms...

Currently in the ground I have 1 windmill, 1 needle, 1 pindo, and 2 brazorias - all have done pretty good up until this point - and last winter was very cold!

I would love to share information on palm care etc. I could forward my email addy if you like!


    Bookmark   July 22, 2009 at 3:00PM
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Loveplants2 8b Virginia Beach, Virginia

Epsom Salt is Magnesium sulfate which is a great mineral/nutrient/supplement for Palms...I use it on all of my Palms in the spring as well a second dose in the summer.Since my palms are pretty well established I just take handfuls of Epson Salt and sprinkle it around the base...maybe a foot or so away from the base...that way when it rains, or when I water, I don't soak it to much so that the salt doesn't drain away. (The large palms 15 footers) I usually put down a cup or so. The smaller potted palms (a couple small handfuls...depending on the size of the palms)

tnwindmill and tropicalzone..I fertilize in the spring and again in August....some do fertilize more often than that...and the Man who produces my fertilizer stakes says to fertilize in the spring and then again in the fall...but I am alittle cautious because I want them to settle down by the time winter arrives...He says that it's good to fertilize in the fall so that the palms are strong and healthy to keep them strong over winter...In my opinion I don't want new growth during the winter months. I have found that Pindos in the ground are really very hearty...When mine were new I did wrap them with Heat cords (The kind you find at Lowes) to protect pipes from freezing...I wrap the heart of the tree and If the weather turns really cold, I plug them in and tuck them in with a little burlap (the heat tape keeps the temp around 35 degrees) so you won't kill or freeze the heart of the palm...I will admit, that 14 years ago I use to wrap the whole tree with shrink wrap from top to I just chuckle at others because I did the same thing...but it really doesn't help the tree....all you want to do is to protect the heart!! Shrink wrap doesn't protect the heart at all!!! (In my opinion) It only incourages scale and other unwanted creatures...some people forget to take down the plastic when it does heat up...then you run the risk of burning the leaves...(Messy and not helpful)

Mastiffhoo...I would love to post some pictures...maybe I will try...I have never done this don't laugh if they turn out funky or even MIA!!!LOL
I would love to share with you how I fertilize my trees and even trimming the trees...They like to be trimmed up to incourage growth...especially the Pindos!!! You can email me at and we can exchange info!!

The last batch of Jelly that I made tasted like a sweet marmalade!!! Different but good!! especially on bagels!!!

    Bookmark   July 22, 2009 at 9:43PM
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Has anyone ever tried baking anything with the Pindo Dates? If so, will you share the recipes? My niece is bringing me a bagful from Garden City Beach (SC) and wants me to make cookies or cake with them. I had never heard of them until she called this morning, so I'm excited to get my hands on them! Hopefully a seedling, too. Can I plant some of the seeds from the fruit that she brings? I've gotta have my own tree now that I've heard about them!
Any suggestions would be greatly appreciated!

    Bookmark   July 31, 2009 at 1:29PM
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Loveplants2 8b Virginia Beach, Virginia

I have never tried to bake with the fruit of the Pindo..but I have made jelly before...Try it and let us know!!!
I will give you some seeds if you would like...They do take awhile to grow..I would suggest to go to your localnursery or even on ebay and purchase a small Pindo..They are fun to grow, but if you are looking to watch them flower and produce seeds...then it will take a few years...

Again I will provide you with seeds if you would like...

Laura in VB

    Bookmark   August 13, 2009 at 9:19AM
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Do I peel the figs before I cool them?

    Bookmark   July 4, 2011 at 7:03PM
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Hunter_M(Kentucky Z.6)

Hi Laura, can pindos survive zone 7 bedford va? The pindo is one of the palms I want to plant the most. Also, how did your daughter's sugery go? Im hoping all went well.

    Bookmark   July 4, 2011 at 8:03PM
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Loveplants2 8b Virginia Beach, Virginia

Hello Everyone...


I do cut the pits out (seeds) then i cook as is.... i used Brians recipe turned out great!!!

Love the Pindo Jelly...

Made mme smile when i saw this old post!!!!

Thanks..needed the smile!!!

Hunter...her surgery will be tomorrow....

Thanks to all of my friends for your prayers...and thoughts!!

I do appreciate them...Thank you!!!

Laura in VB

    Bookmark   July 4, 2011 at 8:58PM
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hello everyone. I had a question about pindo fruit. what are they supposed to taste like? I harvested a stalk off a tree yesterday and while I guess they smell like a tropical fruit they have a sour kick to them. im not sure if they are supposed to be sour or if they just arent quite ready yet. there were several dozen that had already dropped off the stalk by themselves so I figured they would be ready. do different trees produce different tasting fruit because I have heard people say they are very tasty and the ones I got definately were not. thanks.

    Bookmark   August 3, 2012 at 10:18PM
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Loveplants2 8b Virginia Beach, Virginia

Hi Pier,

Mine have a semi sour bite to them.. I certainly wouldnt just pick and eat them for the taste. But making the jelly was so much fun!! Thanks to B for the recipe!!

I love the jelly!!

Good Luck!!


    Bookmark   August 7, 2012 at 11:34PM
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Laura, you better bring me some of that jelly. I'd like to try some of the fruit fresh too. Don't forget you have a hibiscus waiting for you.

    Bookmark   August 7, 2012 at 11:48PM
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thanks laura. since you have tasted both the plain fruit and the jelly, is there that much of a difference in the two or are they very similar? I dont think I would want to make sour jelly, haha.

    Bookmark   August 9, 2012 at 4:51PM
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Probably depends on how much sugar is in the recipe. Some pretty tart fruit can make sweet jams and marmalades.

    Bookmark   August 9, 2012 at 11:46PM
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Loveplants2 8b Virginia Beach, Virginia

V is correct.. the recipe has just the right amount of sugar in it, so it taste perfect!!!

Good Luck!!!

V, When i amke it again, i will save the first jar just for you!!! : ) You know that!! LOL...

Good trade.. Hopefully soon. K is going to have her little on on the 6th id=f Sept. C saetion due to her heart issues.. So come sept, ill be a grandma!!! OHHH MYY!

V, i need a cosmo.... LOL!!!



    Bookmark   August 10, 2012 at 1:08AM
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You'll be the hottest grandma in Virginia. Maybe the US.

    Bookmark   August 10, 2012 at 9:03AM
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Loveplants2 8b Virginia Beach, Virginia

awwwwww.. i just saw this... You are so sweet!!

Thank you!!! : ) I don't believe you!!! LMAO!!

But thank you!!


    Bookmark   August 15, 2012 at 12:48AM
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