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Wild Brazil nut kernels

Oct 25, 2022

Today we delve into the depths of the tropical rainforests of the Amazon and look at how Brazil nut kernels are harvested, what health benefits you can expect from eating the kernels and how you can incorporate them into your everyday cooking. Find out more about the seeds of the rainforest giant here.

Where do Brazil nuts come from?

Brazil nut trees grow in the tropical rainforests of South America. Brazil, Bolivia and Peru are among the world's most important exporters of Brazil nut kernels. The special thing about Brazil nut trees is that it has not yet been possible to grow them in artificial plantations. The trees need the natural ecosystem in order to develop. It takes special species of bees that are large and powerful enough to pollinate the flowers so that the tree can bear fruit at all. In addition, the tree only bears fruit after an average of 10 years. Only around 55,000 to 79,000 tons are harvested every year, which is a tiny amount compared to other types of nuts, such as walnuts. That's why Brazil nuts are a true delicacy and make them a sought-after rarity.
The Brazil nut is an important part of preserving the rainforest, as Brazil nuts only grow wild. This makes it possible for residents to generate income from the natural rainforest. This goes hand in hand with protecting nature, as it provides income. In addition, many jobs are created through harvesting, processing, distribution, transport and storage in remote areas. At PlantLife we ​​work in close coordination with Bolivian cooperatives and pay fair prices for our Brazil nut kernels.

What are Brazil nuts?

Although Brazil nut kernels contain the words “nut” and “kernel”, from a botanical point of view they are not a nut or kernel at all, but a capsule fruit. This makes the Brazil nut a highly valued nut alternative for many allergy sufferers.
The Brazil nut tree grows up to 55 meters high and is therefore considered a rainforest giant. This means that the giant tree can be easily identified by collectors in the middle of the jungle. During the harvest period between December and March, the tree produces around 50 to 60 capsule fruits per day, which are then collected from the ground. The capsule fruit is a hard ball, looks very similar to a coconut and weighs around two kilos. The hard shell of the capsule must be broken open to reveal the seeds, the actual Brazil nut kernels. Inside the capsule there are up to 20 Brazil nut kernels arranged in a fan shape, which in turn have a hard seed shell. After harvesting, the kernels are dried, then the seed shell is broken open and removed - the Brazil nut is ready.

Are Brazil nuts healthy?

The Brazil nut is a real nutrient bomb and contains a lot of protein and is therefore particularly popular with vegans and vegetarians. The nut also contains numerous healthy fats as well as minerals and vitamins. The vitamin E in the Brazil nut can protect your cells from oxidative stress.
It also contains the trace element selenium, which is important for detoxifying our body. This trace element maintains your hair and nails and contributes to the normal function of the thyroid and immune system. The Brazil nut is a true powerhouse and has long been a popular food in South America.
An amusing but interesting note: Due to its high selenium content, the Brazil nut is even said to have an aphrodisiac effect and spice up your love life.

The Brazil nut is not only suitable as a component of a health-conscious diet, but as an extract it is also used in the production of valuable care products. Brazil nut extract is a noble and effective component in skin care products for supple, soft skin and hair care products for strong and healthy hair.

Would you like creative ideas for your kitchen with Brazil nuts?

Many delicacies can be conjured up with Brazil nuts. Did you know that you can make delicious baked cauliflower with Brazil nut flour? Instead of the traditional bread crumbs for the breading, you can use Brazil nut flour. This is also an excellent way to avoid gluten. Brazil nuts are also the perfect alternative for all dishes containing peanuts - this has a positive effect on tolerance.

Excellent cakes and tarts can also be baked with Brazil nut flour. Brownies, cookies and caramelized Brazil nuts make every connoisseur's heart beat faster. You can find great recipes for this on the internet. A little tip: Brazil nut flour is very easy to make yourself because it only consists of crushed Brazil nuts.

You can also use Brazil nuts - preferably in small pieces - in muesli and as a topping for salads or buddah bowls. There are numerous ways to integrate Brazil nut kernels into your everyday diet.

Why are our wild PlantLife ORGANIC Brazil nut kernels so special?

At PlantLife we ​​take our responsibility towards people and our environment very seriously. Fair working conditions for everyone in the value chain are very important to us, which is why we work in close coordination with Bolivian cooperatives. In addition, nature conservation is very important to us, which is why our wild Brazil nut kernels are of course certified organic.

You can enjoy our Brazil nuts with a clear conscience - you will taste the love for sustainability with every bite. Here we offer our wild PlantLife ORGANIC Brazil nut kernels for sale in many different sizes and can easily deliver them to your home.

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