Brazil Nut

These nuts are energy dense, highly nutritious, and one of the most concentrated dietary sources of the mineral selenium.

Eating Brazil nuts may benefit your health in several ways, including regulating your thyroid gland, reducing inflammation, and supporting your heart, brain, and immune system.

Additionally, they have higher concentrations of magnesium, copper, and zinc than most other nuts, although the exact amounts of these nutrients can vary depending on climate and soil.

Several reviews have found that supplementing with selenium may improve immune function and mood in people with Hashimoto’s thyroiditis

Brazil nuts contain heart-healthy fatty acids, such as polyunsaturated fats, and are rich in antioxidants, minerals, and fiber, all of which may help lower your risk of heart disease

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About Brazil Nuts

Brazil nuts are giant Amazonian trees that produce huge fruits – called “cocos” in Peru for their resemblance to coconuts. Every year between November and March, as the rain falls on the western Amazon, they tumble to the forest floor, where they’re cracked open by rodents – or humans with machetes.

Exported from Peru

Situated in southeastern Peru, on the borders with both Brazil and Bolivia, Madre de Dios is the only region in the country where the beautiful giant brazil nut tree grows. The forests of neighboring Brazil and Bolivia also shelter this valuable tropical forest sustainable cash crop.

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Brazil Nut take 15 years

Typically, brazil nut trees take around 15 years to reach maturity; however, optimum production of brazil nuts is not achieved for a minimum of 25 years. Left to thrive, brazil nut trees can live for more than 500 years, and they can produce an abundant crop of around 300 coconut-sized fruits each year. Every one of these extremely hard fruits contains an average of 15 brazil nuts.

Export Center for brazil nuts

During the weeks of the annual rainy season the brazil nut tree’s fruits, which take two years to develop, fall to the ground and are collected by the local people who call themselves “castañeros“; individuals who hold collecting concessions along the courses of the Tambopata and Madre de Dios rivers, in the forests that surround the jungle town of Puerto Maldonado, which is Peru’s main processing and export center for brazil nuts.

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