These mild-flavored nuts are rich in nutrients such as selenium, phosphorus, magnesium and copper. They are grown in the rainforests of Brazil, Colombia, Bolivia, Venezuela, and Peru. The trees often reach 160 feet, which makes the 5-pound pods reach a velocity of 50 mph on their descent. Each pod can contain from 10 to 20 nuts, and each tree can produce as much as 250 lbs. of nuts. They are cultivated in the wild and are naturally organic.
Significance to Humans:
Brazil nuts are one of the most valuable non-timber products found in the Amazon, usually harvested from the wild by local people. They are used as a protein-rich food source, and their extracted oils are a popular ingredient in many natural beauty products. The collection and sale of Brazil nuts and their offshoots also provides an important source of income for many forest-based communities.