Brazil nuts are the large seeds of an enormous evergreen tree of the Amazon district. The Bertholletia Excelsa, as this tree is called in Latin, can reach a height of more than 40 meters, with a trunk diameter of nearly 2 and half metres. Its round fruits with a dark brown colour, can weigh more than one and half kilos and resemble large coconuts with a woody shell. The first historical reference which can be traced on this nut dates from 1569, when a Spanish colonial official collected thousands of these nuts for his tired and hungry troops. It was understandable that they recovered quickly as Brazil nuts contain a high energy level, with high contents of digestible fats, calcium, phosphorous, potassium and Vitamin B. Brazil, Peru, Bolivia, Colombia, Venezuela and the Guianas are presently the principal producing countries. Brazil nuts are marketed in inshell and shelled form and are eaten raw, roasted, salted, in ice creams, chocolate and in bakery and confectionery products.
|Dimensions||12.598425196850393 × 8.26771653543307 × 2.7559055118110236 cm|
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