Eventually the mature fruits fall to the ground where many are collected by the local castaneros (Brazil nut harvesters). A swift precise cut with a machete opens the fruit containing around 20 brazil nuts. The nuts are extracted from the pods and dried in the sun to prevent rot and ease peeling then carried out of the forest in sacks, on rafts or in canoes to the ports to be exported. Back in the forest the cycle has not ended. The empty Brazil nut pods collect rainwater and become home for tadpoles and larva. Recently scientists discovered a species of frog specialised only for breeding inside empty Brazil nut pods.
- Weight 71g
- Dimensions 45x15mm