ALL ABOUT BRAZIL NUTS
Brazil nut tree is considered as the most economically important plants of the Amazon. Other than its name suggests, the Brazil nut is mainly grown in Bolivia, which accounts for roughly half of the world production of these nuts, Brazil and Peru being second and third. Brazil nuts have a vast array of applications, besides being consumed raw, sweetened, salted or roasted, it is also an ingredient for confectionary industry, soups, deserts or sprinkled over salads.
BRAZIL NUT SIZES
In the market, Brazil nuts are traded under many forms: in-shells, shelled, chipped or broken nuts. According to specific demands of customers, these nuts are classified into 2 main groups: in-shell and shelled, with 2 different standards to calculate the size.
Sizes of shelled Brazil nuts is measured by the number of kernels per pound (453g)
Large (or Giants)
110 - 130
140 - 160
160 - 180
180 - 220
The formula is similar for nuts in-shell, the following scale is applied
35 - 40
40 - 45
50 - 55
57 - 62
BRAZIL NUT BENEFITS
Brazil nuts are one of the healthiest nuts available, particularly due to their unusually high selenium content. Besides, they are also impress for the high content of other minerals.
1 ounce of Brazil nuts provide our body with
543mcg Selenium (776% DV)
107mg Magnesium (27% DV)
206mg Phosphorus (21% DV)
1.2mg Zn (8% DV)
Boosting overall health
Brazil is the number one source of Selenium, which is extremely vital for the body as it has strong antioxidant power, fights free radicals and soothes inflammation, thus boosting overall health.
Improve hearth health
The varieties of unsaturated fats, magnesium, vitamin E, and selenium content in Brazil nuts are connected with balancing the cholesterol profile of the body and improving heart health.
The abundant antioxidants in Brazil nuts help in preventing many chronic illnesses, including cancer and coronary heart disease. The glutathione enabled by the presence of selenium is an enzymatic antioxidant that eliminates free radicals in all parts of the body that cause cancer.
The high zinc content in Brazil nuts has been shown to protect against acne or lessen its appearance
Brazil nuts, and all nuts, have a high fat content which make them more likely to go rancid. Therefore, they must be transported and stored in a particular temperature, humidity and ventilation condition. Typical storage life of Brazil nuts: