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FACTS ABOUT beLEAF™

#1 - beLEAF™ comes from the Alocasia Macrorrihza plant. This plant grows naturally on the riverbanks, it originates from rain forests in Borneo, Malaysia and continental Asia but it’s now widespread in tropical areas all over the world, like Brazil, home to th groundbreaking beLEAF™ development.

#2 - We cultivate the ‘roots’ in an open nursery for circa 6 months. From there and after 6 months they are transplanted to the field. For the initial 6 months the plant will bring leaves in sizes varying between 1 and 2 sq ft.

#3 - 6-month to 1 year old plants:  for the next 6 months (1 to 1,5 year-old plant) you will find leaves 2 to 3sq ft. From 18 to 24 months, there will be more mature plants with leaves measuring 2 to 4 sq ft.

 

4# - Towards the end of this period (#3) the plant will be big and big leaves will come out - but the plant starts to lose strength. It will time to uncover the root, divide the mature root (live a big potato) in 2 halves and replant them - re-starting the cycle, but this time cycles will be relatively shorter.

 

5# - Time of the year will have an impact on this ‘model cycle’ above (raining season accelerating growth and bringing more leaves). We try to smooth out the cycle using irrigation in the dry season. It helps, but the field really bloom in our summer (december to march). We have had good progress in the ability to carry over leaves in wet white condition between seasons.

#6 - We are continuously expanding the area. Hence our size distribution on these early years will be skewed towards to smaller sizes / younger plants.  As time goes by - and more plants mature - we expect to see a more uniform distribution.

#7 - The leaves are treated with an organic process developed internally in NK that uses special oils and chemicals not harmful for the health or polluting the environment and so that they attain a stable state where they do not deteriorate if kept dry.

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