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Brazil nuts

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Scientific name – Bertholletia excelsa

Brazil nut shells have a distinctive three sided ribbed shape, resembling the segments of an orange and can be extremely tough to crack. The large creamy kernels are one of the most popular of all edible nuts.

Brazil nuts are most commonly eaten raw but may also be roasted, ground into a nut flour and are commonly used in the baking of cakes as well as being the principal ingredient in some sauces. They are often included in popular foods such as ice creams, chocolates and other confectionaries. Brazil nuts are high in protein, calcium and omega-3 fatty acids and provide a good fuel source for the body. The nuts contain the highest levels of Selenium of any common food source.