Brazil nuts are a wild nut grown in the Amazon rainforests. Rich rainforest soils contribute to the wide range of vitamins, minerals, antioxidants, and phytochemicals found in Brazil nuts.
Brazil nuts are renowned for their high selenium content and are in fact the richest known food source of this important nutrient. Selenium is an essential mineral and antioxidant that is needed daily for a healthy immune system. In fact, just three-four Brazil nuts a day will provide your recommended daily allowance of selenium. Brazil Nuts are also rich in calcium, copper, zinc, and Vitamin E.
It is one of the Amazon’s longest-living trees, often reaching an age of 500 to 1,000 years.
The fruit of this majestic tree resembles a large coconut, with woody shells of dark brown colour, and each pod holds 10 to 25 Brazil nuts, which are technically seeds.
These fruits are only collected once they are ripe and have fallen to the ground during the rainy season (from December to March) and are hack open with machetes to obtain the in-shell nuts.
When side activities such as transportation and processing are considered, the Brazil nut industry generates employment for some 20,000 people or 25 per cent of the Amazonian state of Madre de Dios in Peru.
White Lion Foods commercializes Brazil nuts all around the world. We source directly from the concession owners and always pay a fair-price for the raw-material collected arduously by them. We are honoured to be a key-player in the socioeconomics of all the communities involved.
Brazil nuts are the only commercial nut found exclusively in Amazon forests. This distinction together with the rising demand for these amazon nuts has encouraged the Peruvian government to mandate the conservation of the Brazil nut tree, making it illegal to cut them down. For this reason, they are the guardian angles of the amazon forest!