Kithul Palm ❤️ කිතුල් ගස
Kitul tree is a palm tree found in many parts of Sri Lanka having the botanical name (Caryota Urens). It is similar to the coconut palm but not commercially grown as the coconut. The tree was used by the villagers to manufacture kitul treacle, sweet type of honey, and toddy an alcoholic beverage. At one time the owners of kitul tree had to get the government permit to tap and collect sap from their own trees. The reason was that many used the sap mainly to manufacture toddy and arrack which are alcoholic drinks. However it is safer than the locally produced moonshine illicit liquor known as “kassipu”. In certain areas Kitul trees are felled and fed to elephants in captivity. However now it has taken a unique place in the economy of the central province or elsewhere where the palm grows. Kitul grows on ranges of 5000 feet and above. It also grows on Himalayas, Nepal, Assam, and India in addition to Sri Lanka.