Brazil nut tree

2024 CEAmazon

"Bertholletia excelsa – otherwise known as the brazil nut tree – grows up to 160 feet tall and lives for 500 years. This tree produces the much-loved Christmas stocking filler and tasty snack, the brazil nut. Grown in fist-sized pods, these trees are some of the most majestic in the Amazon rainforest. However, brazil nuts are a multi-million dollar business; currently, companies harvest over 45,000 tonnes of brazil nuts every year. If collection continues at current rates, few nuts will remain to germinate new trees."

"Endangered species of South America: Plants and flowers," Australis.

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