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Amazon's cacay nut catches attention of cosmetics makers

Protein-rich item provides key ingredient to anti-ageing facial creams that can fetch US$200 an ounce in beauty shops in LA and London

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FOR decades, if not centuries, the Amazon dwellers of southern Colombia didn't make too much of the cacay nut. They fed it to their livestock, used it to treat wounds and chopped down its trees for firewood.

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FOR decades, if not centuries, the Amazon dwellers of southern Colombia didn't make too much of the cacay nut. They fed it to their livestock, used it to treat wounds and chopped down its trees for firewood.

But then, a few years ago, the global jet-setting crowd found out...

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