Brazil nuts are the large seeds of giant trees grown in the Amazon jungle. These "seeds" come in clusters of 8 to 24 inside a hard, 4- to 6-inch pod that resembles a coconut.
The first historical reference that can be traced on this nut dates from 1569, when a Spanish colonial collected thousands of Brazil nuts for his tired and hungry troops. It was understandable that they recovered quickly as Brazil nuts, like all tree nuts, contain calories, protein and important vitamins and minerals.
Bolivia, Brazil and Peru are presently the chief producing countries. Brazil nuts are marketed as in-shell and shelled and are eaten raw, roasted, salted, in ice creams, chocolate and in bakery and confectionery products.
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