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The commercialisation of agriculture of the oil of Cacay in Colombia has the potential to boost economic development in a number of provinces

After reading an interesting post on the Bloomberg website entitled In-jungle-long-known-for-cocaine-a-rare-nut-is-now-all-the-rage, I would like to gather further information about the cacay or inchi tree (the species changes name according to the area of origin). A plant populating the base of the Andes Mountains in Venezuela, Ecuador, Peru and Colombia and adjacent Amazonian lowlands.
Kahai SAS is the first Colombian company to commercialise the plant and the following video provides information on the potentials of the plant production.

Information on the plant

Plant growth is rapid, and fruiting can start after four to five years. A ten-year-old tree can yield 100-250 kg of nuts per year. The nuts are easily separated from the thin shell and, when dried and roasted, can be safely stored for a long time in sealed plastic bags. They have a pleasant flavour resembling hazel nut and are eaten raw, roasted, fried or ground as a drink or sweet. Crushed nuts and milk are used to feed weaned children. The nuts contain edible oil (up to 50 percent), starch and protein, and they have a calorific value of 585 kcal per 100 g. The oil is rich in linoleic acid (34.4 percent).

The tree is also grown as a shade tree for coffee and cacao in Colombia. Oil from the shells, nuts and bark latex are used as an illuminant, while both nuts and oil are an excellent cure for pulmonary complaints and dermatitis. There seems to be good potential for development of the crop, in Colombia for example, where there is a shortfall between existing production of edible oil and domestic demand. Provenance surveys and trials are required for improved performance and to establish priority areas in the forest for genetic conservation (information excerpt from FAO website.
The plant has the potential to fulfill various tasks
  • Reforestation
  • Conversion of illicit crops
  • Protection of biodiversity and Promotion of sustainable development
  • Complement other plantations of local farmers
  • Oil use remunerative in the cosmetic and pharmaceutical sectors
  • Food and drinks production
  • Bio fuel.

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Due to its high nutritional value, large size and full flavor, it is considered a "Super Nut". It is rich in Proteins and Minerals; among nuts, it is the highest in Omegas and Fiber, and the lowest in Carbs.

Its consumption helps cholesterol lowering, improves intestinal transit and it is ideal for diets. Cacay nuts are very tasty and compared to other nuts it is the crunchiest, which is desirable in the industry as nuts are added to foods to improve texture.


It's a 100% natural anti-aging with clinical studies that prove its efficacy. Its high content of Linoleic Acid, Vitamin E, and Retinol helps prevent and combat the main signs of aging. • Quick absorption that leaves no oily feeling • Mild nutty scent that fades fast • Food Grade Ingredient • Compliante with Cosmos and Natural Ecocert standards.   DOWNLOAD TECHNICAL SHEET | DOWNLOAD BROCHURE

The remaining flour after extracting the oil is a higly nutritious food suplement. It is a vegetable protein, gluten-free and naturally rich in fiber, omegas and calcium.

It contains 4 times more protein than Quinoa, twice as much as Almond flour and is more digestible than soy meal. It is a complete protein as it has the 9 essential amino acids BCAAs (branched) and a high content of L-arginine. 


The Cacay tree is a treasure of our biodiversity, its leaves produce a very sweet nectar that is collected by bees and converted into this unique, nutritious, and delicious honey.

Help us preserve bees and contribute to pollination for the well-being of our planet.
• Monofloral Honey
• Delicious taste
• Not cloying
• Light and easy to spread
• Does not crystallize
• Quality assurance, own apiaries

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