The tree attains a height of one hundred to one hundred and fifty feet, and the trunks are three to four feet in diameter. The leaves are broad, smooth, and about two feet long, thick and leathery - The fruit is globula n form and from four to six inch. liameter, with a brittle husk ring a hard, woody shell inch is closely packed with the needs (nuts), numbering from fifteen to twenty-four. The > about and one-half to two inch' having a dark, ro ~.e kernels are smo a, and very oily, having and delicious flavor.
The Brazil-nut is indigenous to Brazil, Guiana, and Venezuela, and southward to Rio Janeiro. They form immense forests in the valley of the Orinoco and Amazon. There is an inexhaustible supply, the only difficulty is in getting them to the seaport towns. They are principally exported from Para. They are rich in fats, having fifty-seven per cent.
A very superior oil can be obtained from these nuts by pressure, but at the present, their principal use is in dessert and confectionery.