|BERTHOLLETIA EXCELSA - PARA NUT. |
Caryocar tomentosum Willd., Caryocar tuberculosum (Aubl.) Baill., Pekea tuberculosa Aubl.
Butter nut, ingi noto, cream nut, para nut, nuez souari, tata-yuba, butter nut of Guiana, pekea-nut, sawarri-nut, noisette indienne, arbre de beurre, tata-youba, porte-noix. Castanha, Souarinussbaum, nuez mantequilla.
Lecythidaceae (Brazil nut family).
This is a large evergreen tropical tree, up to 120 feet tall, occurring naturally in groups in the Amazon rainforest of the Guianas, Venezuela and Brazil.
Para nut tree has leathery leaves that are 2' long.
The fruit, a grayish-brown drupe, can weigh up to 6.6 pounds (3 kg).
The fruits are about 6 inches in diameter, with a hard shell, which containing about 20 angular edible nuts.
The individual nuts have a somewhat thin shell with the delicious creamy kernel inside; they can be eaten raw or roasted.
The extracted oil from the seeds is used in cooking and is commercially used as a nondrying oil.
USDA zone 10 - 11.
Due to recalcitrant nature of the seeds, they have a short viable life, can not be dried well and can not withstand low temperatures.
Full sun, moist clay - or sandy soil, needs high humidity.
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