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Cables made of piacaba are particularly esteemed for their solidity in the water and deserve preference to the cables and strings of cairo because of their greater resistance.
The factory workers we visited claim that the robustness of piacaba yarns, in equal thickness, is twice as high as the others. Also piacabeira and indaia coconuts, or pindoba (Attalea compta), go to the Bahia market, the largest being the size of a fist or goose egg, extremely hard; and, known in the trade under the name of coquilhos, are exported to the European merchants. A thousand coconuts of this palm tree are sold in Bahia from twelve hundred to sixteen hundred cruzados.
The Indians of the province of Bahia make use of many other species of palm trees in the home. Thus, for example, they use undrawn new leaves, pati palm (Diplothemium candescens), or patiobas, to make baskets and other wicker
Diplothemium at bottom
objects, especially for flour, and the like. Serving them as vegetables, they eat the soft part of the undeveloped leaf (palmito) - of many palm trees, especially the jucara (Euterpe edulis), and, with the juice of coconuts, prepare a drink, the
cauim. Palm trees with thorns, airi (Astrocaryum airi) and mucuja (Acrocomia sclerocarpa), give such materials such as hard and black wood, for bows, spindles, etc.; and a few others, such as the Maraju-poranga (Bactris acanthocarpa, and Astrocaryum vulgare), give the sturdy tucum strands, which the Indians can expertly take and make ropes, particularly hook-and-loop ropes.