This is the Brazilian name of a large forest tree growing in the valley of the Amazon. Botanically it is called Lecy-this Zabucajo and belongs to the Myrtle family. It is closely allied to the Brazil-nut, but is superior to that in flavor and digestibility. The nuts are produced in an urn-shaped capsule about six inches in diameter, having a circular lid about two inches across, which, when the nut-like seeds inside are ripe, separates from the fruit with a sharp sound giving signal to the monkeys to scramble after the falling nuts. For this reason, they are sometimes called Monkey-pots. The empty seed-vessel is often used for a pot or vase.
The nuts are packed very closely in the shell and are about one inch in diameter and two or three inches long, with a thin, brown, wrinkled, and twisted shell. The kernel is white, sweet, oily, and has a very nice flavor.
In New York these nuts are sold under the name of Paradise nuts, but this is probably a local name. These nuts are not shipped in very large quantities.