National Geographic : 1922 Oct
426 THE NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC MAGAZINE iaki zfifilyHHI Photograph by T. J. Alldridge ASCENDING AN OIL PALM TO CUT DOWN TIIE CONES OF TIIE PALM NUTS The oil palm is probably Liberia's greatest natural resource. Forests of this tree are extensive along the coast and in the northern hinterland. Palm oil is used in enormous quantities in Europe and the United States in the manufacture of soap and in the tin-plate industry. It is also an important article of food among West African native tribes, "palm-oil chop" being one of the few native dishes which have been adopted by European and American residents.