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Brazil nuts

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General information

Brazil nuts “castana de Amazzonia” are the seed of “castanheira” a huge evergreen tree that is grown in spontaneous conditions in the Amazonian Rain Forest (Guyana and Venezuela). Some trees are higher than 60 metres and 40 metres in diameter, giving 500 kg of fruit each harvest. The fruit is similar to coconuts but thicker and stronger and made of a woody shell that could contain 16 to 24 seeds. During the maturing stage the fruit could weigh between 2 - 3 kilograms and has two transformations. The external part becomes stronger, woody and brown while the inner part is covered by a woody protection that becomes the shell of each single nut. The fruit is now divided into many segments of triangular shape similar to the orange.

Health Benefits

The Brazil nut is one of the most complete plant foods. It is a product of high nutritional value that can be included in the daily diet, because it contains a protein “excelsina” also called “plant meat”. It’s also rich in selenium which in addition to being the vital regulator of the cellular DNA repair process is involved in numerous processes among which: metabolism of sugar, fats, protein, carbohydrates, and the production of sex hormones. It improves the function of the thyroid, of the brain, of the nervous system, and helps in reducing sprains.

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