Peeled, dried amazon nut
Jun 11, 2019
Peeled, dried amazon nuts (also known as Brazil nuts). Sugar and salt free.
SCIENTIFIC NAME : Bertholletia excelsa
USED PART : Nuts
HS CODE : 0801.22.00.00
ORIGIN AND DISTRIBUTION:
Native species of the high forests in the Amazon and it can only be found in significant concentrations in Peru, Bolivia and Brazil. Madre de Dios is the only area in Peru that has chestnut trees in sufficient concentrations for its use. These trees can reach 50 meters in height, being among the highest of the forest. They play an essential role in the conservation of the Amazonian forests, because they are only produced in a primary forest ecosystem. The fruits of the chestnut trees are coconuts with a diameter between 10 and 15 cm, inside which grow chestnuts (their seeds), wrapped in a hard and woody shell. Each coconut has approximately 18-20 shells.
Between December and March, coconuts fall from the trees; chestnut gatherers (known as Castañeros ) move to live in the middle of the Amazon forests in order to harvest the Brazil Nuts.
It is recommended to consume between 2 to 4 chestnuts a day without exceeding 30 g.
Nuts are generally cut open from processing units using larger Sheller machines. For domestic purposes, small size nut shelling machine or hand held pliers are used.
Brazil nuts can be eaten all alone. Additionally, they can also be enjoyed roasted, salted, or sweetened.
They are also used in fudge, puddings, pesto, chocolates-bars and crunchy-bar preparations.
Coarsely ground Brazil nuts can be sprinkled over fruit/vegetable salads.
They are also used in desserts, particularly in fruitcakes.
They can also be added to soup as well as meat and vegetable dishes.
Brazil nut oil is used in salad dressing and in cooking.