The Brazil nut is a tree found in the South American Amazon Jungle of the family Lecythidaceae. It is also the name of the tree’s edible seeds. it is closely related to blueberries, cranberries, gutta-percha, persimmons, phlox, sapote, and tea.
It grows as large trees reaching 50 meters tall and trunks that reach 1 to 2 meters in diameter on the banks of the Amazon River, Rio Negro, Tapajós, and the Orinoco. The tree is native to the Guianas, Venezuela, Brazil, Eastern Colombia, Eastern Peru, and Eastern Bolivia.
The tree is known to leave for more than 500 years and up to 1000 years old. The tree is distinct in that it has no branches along the stem except for the canopy that towers over other trees. it bears large, dense, very heavy and rigid fruits.
The fruit can reach up to 6 inches in diameter and weigh up to 2 kg. The outer shell is hard and woody and about half an inch thick. The fruit contains about 24 triangular shaped seeds also called the Brazil nut.
The nuts can be found in markets raw either shelled or unshelled. They can also be sold To roast is to cook food in indirect or diffused dry heat such as in an oven where the heat surrounds the food somewhat evenly. This method of cooking helps impart flavor and while the texture on the surface is caramelized and browned. Generally, it is meat, poultry, fish and root vegetables which tend to be roasted. It results in... More, salted in grocery stores. Long exposure to air and sunlight can turn the nuts rancid.
Nuts should not be shriveled when purchased. They should feel heavy in hand and should not have any mold or rot.
At home, the Brazil nut should be stored in a cool, dry, and dark place where they can keep for months. For longer periods of storage, they should be stored in a refrigerator.
How to Ready Brazil Nut for Consumption
The nuts can be shelled using a The nutcracker is a tool used to break hard nuts. These tools come in many forms such as those with levers, screws, and ratchets. They are made with a hard material like steel and are usually handheld.... More or handheld pliers. They can be eaten raw, salted, To roast is to cook food in indirect or diffused dry heat such as in an oven where the heat surrounds the food somewhat evenly. This method of cooking helps impart flavor and while the texture on the surface is caramelized and browned. Generally, it is meat, poultry, fish and root vegetables which tend to be roasted. It results in... More, or sweetened. The ground nuts can be sprinkled over fruit and vegetable A salad is a mixture of small to medium pieces of ready to eat ingredients mixed together and topped with a sauce or dressing. They are preferred cold with few exceptions served warm. The dressing is usually sweet and sour in nature or can be salted and spiced. Salad ingredients range widely but most commonly they include vegetables, fruits, cooked... More as well as Ice Cream also known as iced cream is a flavored frozen food often made from dairy products that can be eaten as a snack or dessert. It can also be combined with fruits, nuts and other ingredients and condiments. It is usually served in dishes, cups or cones depending on how it is presented. There are more varieties of ice... More sundaes.
They can be added to cake mixtures, pudding, Fudge is a confectionery that is made with base ingredients consisting of sugar, butter, and milk. Some varieties like the American one include chocolate. Milk fat and corn syrup are often added to prevent crystallization. Hot fudge is used as a topping for ice cream dishes such as sundae and parfait.... More, chocolate, and other A dessert is the last course of a meal usually consisting of sweetened foods and beverages like dessert wine and liqueur. It may also include some savory items like coffee, cheese, and nuts. The sweetened food can include those commonly eaten savory such as rice. Foods included usually eaten as dessert courses include cake, cookie, pastry, ice cream, pudding, custard... More preparations. The nut can also be used to enhance soups, stews, meat, poultry, and vegetable dishes.
The Oil which is also called Cooking oil or Edible oil is a plant, animal or synthetic fat used in food preparation. It is used in frying, baking and other forms of cooking as well as where the food preparation does not require heat such as in salad and dip. It is usually in liquid form at room temperature. Some varieties... More extracted from the Brazil nut can be used for cooking and in A salad is a mixture of small to medium pieces of ready to eat ingredients mixed together and topped with a sauce or dressing. They are preferred cold with few exceptions served warm. The dressing is usually sweet and sour in nature or can be salted and spiced. Salad ingredients range widely but most commonly they include vegetables, fruits, cooked... More dressings.
The Brazil nut is rich in oils, energy, protein, dietary Fiber also referred to as dietary fiber or roughage is the indigestible portion of food derived from plants. It comes either soluble in water or insoluble. They are normally resistant to absorption in the human digestive tract. They are found in fruits, vegetables, and whole grains. It helps increase bulk in ingested foods, softens stool and shortens the total time... More, vitamins, minerals, and antioxidants.
The nuts provide 659 A calorie is a unit of energy used in several fields. It is the amount of energy needed to raise the temperature of one gram of water by one degree Celsius at one atmospheric pressure or the pressure at sea level. When relating to food, Calories with capital "C", also known as the food calorie the same energy as 1000... More per 100 grams. They contain no cholesterol at all.
They are rich in the B-complex vitamins such as Folates are also known as Folic acid or vitamin B9 is good for DNA synthesis and is essential for alleviating Anemia and in pregnant women infant neural tube defects. It is a water-soluble vitamin. Folic acid can be found naturally in leafy green vegetables. Steam cooking helps retain more of the vitamin during cooking. You can also get it from... More, Niacin is also known as Nicotinic acid or vitamin B3 and is useful for the prevention of nausea, skin and mouth lesions, anemia, headaches and exhaustion. It is also useful in the regulation of high cholesterol in the system. It an be found mainly in protein foods like liver, chicken, beef, fish, cereal, peanuts and legumes.... More, Pantothenic acid is also known as vitamin B5. It is a water soluble vitamin used by animals to synthesize coenzyme-A (CoA), as well as to metabolize proteins, carbohydrates and fats. Major food sources include dried mushrooms, liver, dried egg yolks and sunflower seeds among others. Pantothenic acid deficiency is extremely rare but symptoms include impaired energy production, irritability, fatigue, and... More, Pyridoxine is also known as pyridoxol or vitamin B6 and can be gotten from fruit, vegetables, and grains. It helps prevent confusion, ulcerations, conjuctivitis, intertigo and neuropathy among others. Alcoholics and the elderly are usually the demographics that tend to have increased risk of vitamin B6 deficiency.... More, Riboflavin is also known as vitamin B2 helps prevent migraines and is good for cellular respiration. It can be found in eggs, milk, meat and green vegetables. Deficiency results in symptoms similar to Pellagra. Others include chapped lips, red tongue, sore throat, inflammation of the mouth and scaly rashes on private parts.... More, and particularly Thiamin, Thiamine or Vitamin B1 helps prevent disorders like beriberi and korsakoff's syndrome and can lead to metabolic coma and death. Yeast, yeast extract, pork, whole grain brown bread and other cereals are good sources of vitamin B1.... More.
The nuts are a rich source of vitamin E and come with good amounts of Potassium.
They are also rich in Calcium, Copper, Iron, Magnesium, Zinc, and Manganese. They are extremely rich in Selenium and Phosphorus too.