A member of the Native Community Ese Eja from Infierno in Tambopata, Madre de Dios, located in the Peruvian Amazon, explained how they harvest the Brazil Nut.
In a very informative video created by Rainforest Expeditions, it is explained that the harvesting season goes from November to December, every year.
They use special sticks to harvest them called “pallana”, which are made from parahuasca wood and avoid a snake’s bite.
Once the nuts are gathered, they are cut in half and put inside a back and the person goes back to camp for processing.
After drying, they are washed with water and then the skin is peeled off.
“It is a fixed annual income”, they said, emphasizing how important the Brazil Nut is to the community.
The video also says that if these trees are cut down they will obtain wood, but it will eventually get damaged and, of course, they will no longer produce more nuts. This is another reason why it is important not to cause more deforestation to the Amazon.
Cover photo: Andina