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6 Souvenirs You Should Never Take Home

by Kayla Becker | September 26, 2016

1. Coco-de-Mer

Despite the fact that it looks like something that should definitely be wearing pants, this coconut is actually incredibly valuable. The rare nut only grows on two islands in the world, both in the Seychelles, where it’s a protected species. (It even graces the country’s coat of arms). And since it’s a fertility symbol in many Asian countries, the nut has been subject to recent poaching that’s made it even more rare — selling for more than $450 per nut. So, while you would never dare try to take one yourself — they're enormous, and heavy ... who has room in a suitcase for that? — you probably also shouldn't buy one of the necklaces sold with the symbol at jewelry shops and in the airport. Your new accessory could become "the butt" of everyone’s jokes. Our advice? Go for the local Takamaka Bay Rum, distilled on Mahe, instead.

Kayla Becker

Kayla Becker is a New York City-based contributor to ShermansCruise and the assistant editor for the site.

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