The plantation that grows the indigenous Laraha is located in the eastern part of Curaçao.
The plantation has approximately 45 Laraha trees. Each tree produces approximately 150 to 200 fruits, which result in 25 to 35 kilograms of dried peels. The trees are harvested twice a year, but the harvesting is not as simple as you would think. The Laraha trees are 3 meters long and taking one fruit requires a special technique. When the fruits are green, before ripen, our farmers needs to take a long ladder to pull the fruit from the trees. Each fruit is pulled with a piece of the sprig of the tree. Pulling only the fruit will dry up the knot of the tree making it impossible to yield more fruit. With a wooden knife we cut the peel of each fruit into 4 sections, which are roughly triangular. For this process, a wooden knife is used because a metal knife will stain the peels.