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Maya nut changes lives while aiding the rain forest

by Pat Coate | April 19, 2009
"People are living right there, in extreme poverty, not even eating more than one meal a day and there's Maya nut lying all around. They don't eat it because they don't know."
- Erika Vohman, Maya-nut advocate/educator

In the rain forests of Central America grows the nutrient-rich Maya nut. The marble-sized seed can be prepared to taste like mashed potatoes, chocolate or coffee.

Training rural women about the Maya nut has made them champions of rain forest conservation and reforestation, as well as entrepreneurs who turn Maya nut products into income.

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