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For Immokalee's poorer residents and migrant farmworkers, the 98 cents offered per pound is one way to make ends meet, according to Ashley Sanchez, who runs Sanchez Produce in Immokalee with her father, Juan, providing berries to large processing companies that grind and dry them, extracting oils for supplements that are sold in health food stores or exported.

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For three Immokalee men and a woman who crowded onto a small two seat flatboat in southern Golden Gate Estates to pick and sell the berries, the harvest was deadly. Ramiro Gomez, 48, and Margarita Godinez, 36, died Sept. 16 when the boat capsized. Known as "the plant catheter," the herb strengthens the bladder.

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"It's a lot of danger, really dangerous," Ashley Sanchez said of encountering snakes and bees. "There are a lot of rattlesnakes because it's deep in the woods."

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As a result, prices have risen from 40 cents a pound a few years ago.

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With recent heavy rains, rattlesnakes and others often slither up the trees out of the muck. The fronds also hide wasp and hornet nests.

"We're just one of five in town that does the buying," Ashley Sanchez said. "People just shop around until they find the best price. It's just people trying to make a living."Although it isn't illegal to pick berries, arrests occur when entering private property or wildlife management areas, such as Corkscrew Swamp Sanctuary in Collier County. The berries are critical to the survival of many native wildlife species, especially the Florida black bear.

For most, berry picking is a lucrative endeavor.

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wooded areas and deal with the trees, which grow up to 6 feet high and are covered in stiff, thin leaves. Pickers wear gloves to reach through saw like, razor sharp thorns beneath the leaves.

"It's been good this year," Sanchez said of the season, which began in August and usually ends after October. "None of the other crops are in season. It's a real help to the community. It pays the bills."

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Pickers deliver anywhere from 25,000 to 60,000 pounds daily, she said, with about 100 pounds in each sack.

For three Immokalee men and a woman who crowded onto a small two seat flatboat in southern Golden Gate Estates to pick and sell the berries, the harvest was deadly. Ramiro Gomez, 48, and Margarita Godinez, 36, died Sept. 16 when the boat capsized.

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About five Immokalee produce companies ship the berries to large processors, such as The Saw Palmetto Harvesting Co. in Frostproof, in Polk County, which makes them into powder products by drying, crushing and grinding the green whole berries or extracting the oils from more mature, darker berries. Processors then provide raw materials to distributors and manufacturers worldwide, such as Valensa.

The industry, with a strong presence in Immokalee, is now the No. 3 herbal supplement nationwide with about $200 million in sales, according to Valensa, a top provider. Added to roughly $500 million in sales around the world, Valensa's president says it's prompted a global market of about $700 million.

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Most recently, benefits to prostate health have gained saw palmetto berry pharmaceutical supplements a worldwide following.

But berry picking can lead to arrests, danger due to bees, wasps, snakes and other wildlife such as boars and bears even death from heat strokes or snake bites, and recently drownings.

The industry, with a strong presence in Immokalee, is now the No. 3 herbal supplement nationwide with about $200 million in sales, according to Valensa, a top provider. Added to roughly $500 million in sales around the world, Valensa's president says it's prompted a global market of about $700 million.

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"It's been good this year," Sanchez said of the season, which began in August and usually ends after October. "None of the other crops are in season. It's a real help to the community. It pays the bills."

"A few weeks ago, it was all the way up to $1.09 per pound. They want to give people a reason to go far. It's motivation," she said. "It's hard work. Who's going to do it for 50 cents a pound?"

For Immokalee's poorer residents and migrant farmworkers, the 98 cents offered per pound is one way to make ends meet, according to Ashley Sanchez, who runs Sanchez Produce in Immokalee with her father, Juan, providing berries to large processing companies that grind and dry them, extracting oils for supplements that are sold in health food stores or exported.

and some in the Far East swear they're a powerful aphrodisiac.

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But berry picking can lead to arrests, danger due to bees, wasps, snakes and other wildlife such as boars and bears even death from heat strokes or snake bites, and recently drownings.

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