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Kisêdjê Pequi Oil

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Kisêdjê Pequi Oil

Photo Credit: Rogério Assis/ISA

Pequi oil, or Hwĩn Mbê in the indigenous language, is produced by the Kĩsêdjê, who live in the Wawi Indigenous Land, in the Xingu Indigenous Territory (TIX). Pequi is an important component of the culture of the Kĩsêdjê, is used both for food and for the reforestation of degraded areas in the region. A native domesticated tree, pequi has existed in Kĩsêdjê gardens for centuries. Its fruit has a value that transcends the cuisine and is present in the myths, rituals, and festivities of the Kĩsêdjê people. Hwĩn Mbê is produced using a traditional process- entirely cold pressed - resulting in a unique product that preserves the flavor, color, fragrance, and properties of the fruit. 

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