Exported from Peru
Situated in southeastern Peru, on the borders with both Brazil and Bolivia, Madre de Dios is the only region in the country where the beautiful giant brazil nut tree grows. The forests of neighboring Brazil and Bolivia also shelter this valuable tropical forest sustainable cash crop.
Export Center for brazil nuts
During the weeks of the annual rainy season the brazil nut tree’s fruits, which take two years to develop, fall to the ground and are collected by the local people who call themselves “castañeros“; individuals who hold collecting concessions along the courses of the Tambopata and Madre de Dios rivers, in the forests that surround the jungle town of Puerto Maldonado, which is Peru’s main processing and export center for brazil nuts.