The Amazon nut comes from the Bertholletia excelsa, a tree of the Lecythidaceae family, native to South America in the Amazon region. These trees can reach up to 50 meters in height, among the tallest in the primary and pristine Amazon forest, the most biologically diverse type of forest. These trees play an essential role in the conservation of the primary forest ecosystem and can live for over 500 years.
The fruits of the Amazon nut tree look like coconuts and have a diameter of 10 to 15 cm. The nuts, which are the seeds, grow individually wrapped in a hard and woody shell inside the coconut. Each coconut contains up to 20 nuts. The flowering period occurs from October to December. The flowers are pollinated by the Bombus, Xylocopa, Euglossa, and the Eulaema bees, which are only present in pristine forests.
From December to March, the coconuts fall from the trees and the harvesting stage begins. The Peruvian government assigns land concessions to families of collectors or Amazon nut growers who are in charge of extracting and packing this amazing superfood. Protected by their tough bark, they are transported to the processing plant in Puerto Maldonado.
|Categories||Cereal / Grain Products; Nut & Seed Products|
|Sales markets||Western Europe; Eastern Europe; Asia; North America|
|End-Use Categories||Bakery; Cereals & Convenience Foods & Snacks; Desserts / ice cream; Healthy Food & Beverages|
|Certifications||Health & Safety (GMP, HAACP and equivalents)|
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