Brazil nuts
Brazil nuts
Brazil nuts
Brazil nuts


Other than its name suggests, the Brazil nut (Bertholletia excelsa) is mainly grown in Bolivia, which accounts for roughly half of the world production of these nuts. With Brazil and Peru being second and third, practically all Brazil nuts are grown in the Amazon region. By estimates of Brazilian authorities, the Amazon region hosts about nine million trees Brazil nut trees.

The Brazil nut tree may grow for over five hundred years. With its towering height and average annual yield of thirty to forty kilograms, the tree is widely considered to be among the most economically important plants of the Amazon. The Brazil nut tree is also the only widely traded commodity that is still harvested from the wild, rather than on plantations.

The fruits of the Brazil nut tree are round, with a diameter of around ten centimetres and weigh up to two kilograms. These fruits carry anywhere between 12 and 25 seeds – the actual Brazil nuts. Brazil nuts consist of a hard, thin outer shell and a white kernel, which is the edible part of the seed. These have a nutty texture. Brazil nuts might be consumed raw, sweetened, salted or roasted. Being ground, they may well serve as an ingredient for soups, deserts or sprinkled over salads.

Uniquely the Brazil nut is a huge source of the mineral selenium, It is assumed that it protects against heart and vascular diseases and certain cancers. Furthermore, the nuts are high in calories and contain good quantities of vitamins, anti-oxidants and minerals. Brazil nuts are gluten-free.


The size of Brazil nuts is measured by the amount of nuts per LBS.

  • Tiny 180/220 (nuts per LBS)
  • Small 140/160
  • Midget 160/180
  • Medium 110/130
  • Large 90/110

For nuts in shell, the following scale is used:

  • Extra Large 35/40 (nuts per LBS)
  • Large 40/45
  • Extra Medium 50/55
  • Medium 57/62
  • Small over 70


Most Brazil nuts are either sliced or diced and caramelised or (honey) roasted.

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Proximates Units
Energy kcal 656
Protein g 14,32
Carbohydrate g 12,27
Fiber g 7,5

Total fat g 66,43
Saturated fat g 15,137
Monounsaturated fat g 24,548
Polyunsaturated fat g 20,577
Cholesterol mg 0

Calcium mg 160
Iron mg 2,43
Magnesium mg 376
Phosphorus mg 725
Potassium mg 659
Sodium mg 3
Selenium mcg 1917

Vitamin A IU 0
Vitamin B6 mg 0,101
Vitamin C mg 0,7
Vitamin E mg 5,73
Vitamin K mcg 0
Carotene, beta mcg 0
Carotene, alpha mcg 0
Cryptoxanthin, beta mcg 0
Lutein + zeanxanthin mcg 0
*Brazil nuts are dried, unblanched
"Source: USDA National Nutrient Database
for Standard Reference, Release 26 (2013)"
g = gram; mg = miligram ; mcg = microgram; IU = International Units


Brazil nuts are mainly grown in Bolivia, Brazil and Peru.


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