Lying in the heart of Praslin Island, Seychelles, is Vallée de Mai – a National Park, UNESCO World Heritage Site and home to the highly revered Coco de Mer seed.
Vallée de Mai is the only place in the world where you’ll find Coco de Mer - or the sea coconut.
Believed to be a powerful aphrodisiac and fertility symbol, the Coco de Mer is famous for its size and likeness to the female reproductive area.
The seed can weigh up to 30kg and grow to nearly 20 inches in diameter.
General Gordon of Khartoum believed that the prehistoric rainforest at Vallée de Mai was the original site of the Garden of Eden, and that the Coco de Mer was its forbidden fruit.
Today, visitors to the reserve can wander along sheltered pathways beneath the giant palm trees, whose leaves can measure 6m wide and 14 m long. Vallée de Mai is also home to five other endemic palms and fauna, and the rare the Seychelles Black Parrot.
Prince William and his wife the Duchess of Cambridge, Kate Middleton, were presented with a rare Coco de Mer during their recent honeymoon to the Seychelles.