5 Amazing Trees That Have Many Useful Parts

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5 Amazing Trees That Have Many Useful Parts

What is the value of a tree for humanity? Some might say that trees are essential for building houses and furniture while fruit-bearing trees provide sustenance. Others would rightfully claim that they prevent soil erosion while providing us with natural shade.

Still, there is so much more to trees than just the wood and its fruits. Here, we take a brief look into five trees – all of which have numerous parts that should not be taken for granted.


 
 

1) Chestnut Tree

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Known by others as the bread tree, this has long been a valuable source of food. After all, chestnuts have a good amount of protein, potassium, Vitamin K, Vitamin C, and carbohydrates. These have a low amount of fat and contain no cholesterol whatsoever.

Consequently, chestnut wood has the tannin content among all known tree species. Thus, they are great as building materials since they are highly resistant to rot. Those that grow in forests have straight wood that is perfect for posts, floors, and fences. In addition, the tannin itself that is also found in the leaves can be extracted from the chestnut wood to create silk and leather. If you see any flowers, you can create a tea that is known to treat sinusitis.

 

2) American Basswood

American Basswood

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Next up is this tree that you’ll likely see near ponds and stream in the eastern region of the United States. It has large, coarse leaves and small nuts that appear during the summer season. Whenever spring season arrives, you can eat the tasty and heart-shaped leaves of the Basswood tree.

The inner layer of the Basswood bark is also edible, especially with its incredibly sweet taste. Furthermore, the fiber of the American Basswood can be turned into a strong rope. If you like to carve using a chainsaw, the wood of this tree is perfect for that hobby.

 

3) White Birch

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This tree is mainly characterized by its white-colored bark. This is why others refer to it as the paper tree. The sap of the white birch tree is sweet, and you do not need to purify it before drinking. The bark can be used as fire tinder even if it’s quite wet. This can also be utilized for making containers and canoes. If you’d like to have tea, the twigs along with some shaven bark can be used. Additionally, you could heat the bark to extract the pine tar, which is a great natural adhesive.

Here’s video discussing the birch tree:

 

4) White Pine

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The white pine is an evergreen tree, so you won’t have any problems with losing the needle-like leaves at any time of the year. Similar to the other trees on this list, the pine needles can be used to make a tea that is actually high in Vitamin C.

While they can be used as fire tinder, the pine needles are also good natural insulators if you intend to build a hut or temporary shelter. Of course, the seeds inside the pine cones and the inner bark can be eaten.

The resin not only prolongs fire, but it can be combined with crushed charcoal for creating an epoxy. It can even be turned into candles. Likewise, the joints and the stump of the white pine are good for kindling fire. As for the roots located on the surface, they can be used as natural ropes.

 

5) Coconut Tree

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This has been touted as the tree of life for good reason. One of the obvious uses of coconut is to eat the white-colored flesh. If you go hungry, you could just each the coconut kernel fresh. Otherwise, the kernel can be cooked or processed to turn into other products. Moreover, the flesh can also be matured to extract coconut oil, which is typically used for cooking. As for coconut water, it is delicious and packed with ascorbic acid and B vitamins.

However, even the shell containing the kernel can be used. If you need charcoal to burn for your next barbecue grilling session, why not use coconut shells too? Likewise, the outermost layer of the coconut known as the husk has fiber for making your own mattresses.

Now, let’s switch our attention to the leaves. With enough practice, you can turn coconut leaves into baskets, mats, and even brooms. Search past the leaves and you’ll find the heart, which is a local delicacy in some countries.

If you have a chainsaw, the trunk can be easily cut down to serve as house partitions and boards. The coconut tree’s roots, on the other hand, have been known to treat heartburn, urinary tract infection, and gallbladder.

As you can see, a tree has a lot of value as long as you are willing to learn about its parts. If you have any queries, feel free to give us a comment.

Author: Ann Katelyn

 

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