Binomial name

"Bertholletia excelsa"

Brazil nutsNutritional value per 100 gramsRDA
Energy2870 kJ
696 kcal

Protein14.0 g
Carbohydrates6.0 g
o.w. sugars2.0 g
Fats67.0 g
o.w. saturated19.0 g
o.w. mono unsat.22.0 g
o.w. poly unsat.25.0 g
Dietary fiber6.0 g
Sodium2.0 mg
Calcium175.0 mg22.0%
Magnesium350.0 mg93.0%
Phosphorus700.0 mg100.0%
Iron2.8 mg20.0%
Zinc4.5 mg45.0%
Vitamin B10.6 mg55.0%
Vitamin B20.0 mg0.0%
Vitamin B30.3 mg2.0%
Vitamin E6.0 mg50.0%
Folic acid22.0 mcg11.0%
RDA = Recommended Daily Amount
Warning: Small children can choke on nuts.

Brazil nuts

nut_small_brazilnut.jpgThe Brazil nut can be mainly found in Brazil, Paraguay, Bolivia, Peru and Venezuela. The Brazil nut became known in Europe because a Spanish officer fed his starving men with Brazil nuts. These men soon recovered as a result of the energy and nutritional value of the Brazil nut.

Eye-catching tree

The Brazil nut resembles a coconut and grows on a tree that is 40 to 60 metres high with a diameter of about two metres. In the wild, this eye-catching tree can be found in the Brazilian Amazon area. The tree is gigantic and towers above everything and everyone. The Brazil nut is aptly named after its most important country of origin. Fruit (hard balls) falls from the tree during the months of November to March. These balls contain eight to twelve seeds, known as Brazil nuts, in the shell.

Nutritional value

botanic_brazil_nuts.jpgBrazil nuts are very rich in the mineral selenium, owing to the soil in the sun-drenched Amazon area where they grow. A handful of Brazil nuts contain at least 480% of the GDA of selenium. Selenium is an important antioxidant, as is vitamin E in nuts. Brazil nuts also contain a high level of phosphorus. Phosphorus keeps teeth and bones strong.

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