Brazil nut is a recently popular delicacy in the commercial market of late. It is an indigenous and expensive edible product that is indigenous to and available for export in the South American nations of Venezuela, Brazil, Peru and Colombia . It is categorized under seeds and belongs to the Ericales family of the plant kingdom. Other edible products that belong to the same category are cranberries, blueberries, tea, and gooseberries. These are all related seeds. The Brazil Nut tree is indigenous to the Amazon and is part of one of the largest and most dense ecosystems on the planet. The Brazil Nut tree can grow up to 50 meters in height and one to two meters in diameter. This makes the Brazil Nut tree one of the largest in the Amazon ecosystem.
The Brazil nut tree
• Brazil Nut trees are very large and are not very city friendly, yet it is found in large numbers in cities that are in close proximity of the Amazon. This is because it is illegal to cut down Brazil Nut trees.
• The trees have begun to mushroom around urban populaces for this particular reason and is also posing urban hazards.
• Brazil nuts are very high in calories and also pack a fair amount of vitamin C, A and B . It is also used quite prevalently to control high levels of cholesterol.
• Brazil nuts are used quite extensively by Amazonian tribes in their diets even today
• Tribal populations depend highly on this tree and edible product. The Brazil nut is commonly known for being a very good anti-oxidant. This has caught up quite well in the Western world. Its medicinal properties are of very high value.
• Brazil nuts are also very high in Vitamin E which is one of the reason it is a sort after product.
The medicinal and edible uses of Brazil nut
- A common form of consumption of the Brazil nut, is the Brazil nut oil, which is quite commonly used in South America for cooking, however, it is still considered a luxury over there.
- The product has recently been exported to western shores and the Brazil nut oil is also growing in popularity. They are also an excellent source of protein and just like almonds it is a source of gluten-free protein.
- The Brazil nut oil is yellow in colour and contains a sweet and aromatic smell. It is also used for medicinal purposes, especially with regards to skin.
- It has many such therapeutic and medicinal qualities.
Brazil nut is an excellent source of nutrition and is a very healthy replacement for most of the products out there. Also, Brazil Nut oil is soon replacing olive oil as the healthy substitute.