As their name suggests, Brazil nuts come from Brazil. In the Amazon rainforests, the Brazil nut tree can grow up to 40 meters in height, with a trunk up to 2.5 mete...
As their name suggests, Brazil nuts come from Brazil. In the Amazon rainforests, the Brazil nut tree can grow up to 40 meters in height, with a trunk up to 2.5 meters in diameter.
The fruit of the Brazil nut tree resembles a coconut endocarp, and it can contain 8-24 seeds.
Brazil nut contains 14.3% of proteins, mostly methionine, which makes it the biggest natural source of this amino acid.
If we combine Brazil nuts with other nuts – especially with cashews or pistachios, or with grains and legumes, we will get an ideal combo of all the necessary amino acids in their basic, natural form.
Because legumes contain very little methionine, but they’re rich in lysine, they make great “partners” to Brazil nuts when it comes to food preparation.
Brazil nuts are rich in Vitamins B1, B2, B3, B5, calcium, and magnesium. Possible harmful effects of a high percentage of fat in them are neutralized by vitamin E and selenium, which are powerful antioxidants, so Brazil nuts, and all other nuts, present valuable, healthy sources of essential fatty acids.