Astrocaryum (Tucuma) Seed Butter
The exotic fruit-bearing tucuma-do-para palm (Astocarym vulgare) is native to the amazonian region and thrives in areas with low vegetation cover and open fields. It's trunk which can grow from 10 to 15 meters in height, is covered by thousands of long thorns which make harvesting the fruits quite challenging. It takes 10 years from the start of seed germination to produce the fruit from which the cold pressed seed butter is obtained, and one tree can produce 1.5 kg of seed butter annually. Tucuma seed butter is high in lauric, myristic and oleic acids which make it an excellent emollient. It is also high in vitamin A, among which the carotenoids dominate providing antioxidant and protective activities. Overall this naturally caramel/coffee scented specialty from the rain forest is a valued commodity for its skin softening properties.