This is a series of photos showing the Mukau tree’s life cycle from nut to plant. The pictures are taken by Better Globe’s customers during various visits to the Kiambere plantation in Kenya.

Fruits collected from the Mukau tree. 180629
Fruits collected from the Mukau tree. 180629
One of our employees, Philomena Wayua, removes the pulp from the Mukau fruit to bring out the hard nut. The nut is then dried. 170704
One of our employees, Philomena Wayua, removes the pulp from the Mukau fruit to bring out the hard nut. The nut is then dried. 170704
Detail image of the removal of the pulp. 170704
Detail image of the removal of the pulp. 170704
Close up of the Mukau nut immediately after the pulp has been removed. 170704
Close up of the Mukau nut immediately after the pulp has been removed. 170704
The dried Makau nut. 180629
The dried Makau nut. 180629
A machete and a club is used to crack the nut. 170704
A machete and a club is used to crack the nut. 170704
In the nut there is one or a few seeds. These are gently scratched with a razor blade to help the seed absorb moisture and begin to grow. 170704
In the nut there is one or a few seeds. These are gently scratched with a razor blade to help the seed absorb moisture and begin to grow. 170704
Close-up of the inner nut that is revealed with a razor blade to facilitate sprouting. 180629
Close-up of the inner nut that is revealed with a razor blade to facilitate sprouting. 180629
Inner nut is planted in plastic bag with soil, which is then placed in the nursery. 170704
Inner nut is planted in plastic bag with soil, which is then placed in the nursery. 170704
The Mukau seeds have just been planted in the bags full of soil and nutrition. 170704
The Mukau seeds have just been planted in the bags full of soil and nutrition. 170704
Close-up of a Mukau shot that has just sprouted. 170704
Close-up of a Mukau shot that has just sprouted. 170704
The inner nut then grows into a small seedling. 170704
The inner nut then grows into a small seedling. 170704
All the seedlings grow in the nursery until it is time for them to be planted out on the plantation or with a farmer. 170704
All the seedlings grow in the nursery until it is time for them to be planted out on the plantation or with a farmer.170704
An employee is watering the seedlings that are going out on the plantation during the next rainy season.180628
An employee is watering the seedlings that are going out on the plantation during the next rainy season.180628
Anna, one of our customers with a seedling ready to be planted. 180629
Anna, one of our customers with a seedling ready to be planted. 180629
A seedling is planted out on the plantation. 150204
A seedling is planted out on the plantation. 150204
During the first year after planting, the trees are watered many times by hand. 150204
During the first year after planting, the trees are watered many times by hand. 150204
A 20 year old Mukau tree.
A 20 year old Mukau tree.

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