Brazil Nuts are the only commercial dried fruit found exclusively in the Amazon forests. Consuming them helps towards the preservation of the rain forest since it is illegal to cut down trees in areas where Brazil Nuts are harvested.
Brazil nuts are renowned for their high selenium content, and are in fact the richest known food source of this important nutrient. Selenium is an essential mineral and antioxidant that is needed daily for a healthy immune system. In fact, just five-six Brazil nuts a day will provide your recommended daily allowance of selenium.
Brazil Nuts are also rich in calcium, copper, zinc and Vitamin E. They can be consumed as snacks as well as in bakery and desserts.
The Brazil nut is a large tree, reaching 50 m (160 ft) tall and with a trunk 1 to 2 m (3.3 to 6.6 ft) in diameter, making it among the largest of trees in the Amazon rain forests. It may live for 500 years or more, and according to some authorities often reaches an age of 1,000 years. The stem is straight and commonly without branches for well over half the tree's height, with a large emergent crown of long branches above the surrounding canopy of other trees.
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