Brazil Nuts are the seeds from trees
grown in the tropical rain forests of the Amazon in South America. The tree
yields 4-6 inch (10-15 cm) pods, which contain between 8 to 24 seeds (brazil
nuts) and are very labor intensive to harvest. Soft, ivory-colored nutmeat
covered in a thin brown skin is enclosed in a three-sided hard, dark brown,
They are sold shelled or unshelled. To ensure freshness, buy
unshelled as brazil nuts have a high oil content and turn rancid quickly.
Unshelled nuts can be stored in a dry cool place for 6 months. Shelled nuts can
be stored in airtight plastic bags in your freezer for 6 months or refrigerator
for 3 months.
With their sweet, soft, buttery
flavor (a little like coconut) they are good to eat by hand or in desserts and
Brazil Nuts are rich in selenium.