SANTA CRUZ DE TENERIFE, Nov. 27 (EUROPA PRESS) –
The Cabildo de Tenerife, through the Natural Environment and Security Management area, will give away specimens of the Canary faya (Myrica faya) between November 24 and December 14 to people who come to the La Tahonilla Environmental Center, on the occasion of the celebration of Día del Árbol Canario, which is celebrated every year on the last Sunday of November.
“We once again celebrate this important and beautiful day in which we try to spread the importance of our species and therefore get involved in their conservation and, like last year, we will give away fayas, a medium-sized tree typical of Monteverde, typical of thermophilic forests and present in Tenerife although not endemic”, has indicated the Minister of Natural Environment Management and Security, Isabel García.
In this year’s celebration, copies of this plant will be distributed free of charge. It is a medium-sized, highly branched and evergreen tree. The faya is present in the potential domains of Monteverde, mixed pine forest and humid areas of thermophilic forest.
The fruits are popularly known as fayos, creces or erúes, and have a sweetish flavor when eaten when ripe, although they are somewhat astringent. In aboriginal times, a kind of gofio was made with them, after drying them in the sun and grinding them. According to tradition, the infusion of its flowers has anti-catarral properties.
It is one of the species with the greatest forest use, from which rods for crops, tool handles and farm implements are obtained. Formerly its wood was used to make furniture.