As revealed by its name, this type of nut grows in Brazil, as well as in other S. America countries ( Guyana, Venezuela, Colombia, Peru, Bolivia) and specifically at the riversides of the Amazon and other rivers, such as the Rio Negro.
- It tastes sweet and is a good source of protein and selenium (more even than liver) with antioxidant properties.
- As it contains saturated fats, it should be consumed with moderation, as large quantities of Brazil nuts increase cholesterol.
Did you know that...
- This tree is one of the most impressive ones, reaching heights of 50 m. with 2 m. diameter. They live more than 500 years!
- In the traditional cuisine of the countries of its origin, Brazil nuts replace macadamia nuts, even coconuts.