INTRODUCTION TO CACAY

The Cacay

The Cacay (CaryodendronOrinocense K.) or CaryO as we call it, belongs to the Euphorbiaceae family which is one of the largest and most diverse families within flowering plants.

Caryodendron Orinocense K is known in different parts of the world as Metohuayo (Peru); Inchi, cacay, tacay (Colombia); Cacay, ñambi, peanut from tree (Ecuador); walnut stick, Barquisimeto nut (Venezuela), Pork Chestnut (Brazil). The Cacay is a tree that reaches between 15 and 20 m in height (49 to 65 feet) are either males or females.

The nut of the cacay tree has long been used by indigenous people for a variety of uses, from treating cuts and wounds to oil for lamps.

Cacay nut oil has more than twice the content of natural retinol compared to rosehip oil. Retinol is a type of vitamin A with proven efficacy in stimulating collagen production in the dermis, contributing to cell regeneration and improving skin elasticity. Vitamin F decreases skin dryness and improves its texture and with more than 65% of vitamin F (omega 3 and 6), cacay nut oil is above argan oil.

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