Brazil nuts come from the Amazon region. They cannot be cultivated because they depend on the complex ecosystem of natural forests. They live and thrive only in symbiosis with a variety of plants and animals that live there. Pakka Brazil nuts come from the northeast of Bolivia.
With a height of up to 50 metres, the Brazil nut tree is a rainforest giant. It takes about ten years before it bears fruit for the first time. The Brazil nut fruit is a capsule fruit and contains 10 to 16 nuts. These in turn are surrounded by a woody shell. Because of the tree’s great height, Brazil nuts cannot become gepﬂückt, but one waits until the ripe capsule fruits fall to the ground during the rainy season. From January to March, the trees are visited and the ripe fruits are collected in an elaborate process. The capsule is opened on site with a machete, so that only the nuts have to be carried to the collection point.