Brazil nuts are the meaty, high fat hard shelled “seeds” found in nearly 100 foot tall Brazil nut trees. About 10-20 “nuts” are found in each big fruit.
A concentrated source of nutrients, a one ounce serving of Brazil nuts provides a hefty 767% of the RDI for the antioxidant mineral selenium. They are also an excellent source of magnesium and a good source of thaimin.
Antioxidant Score (ORAC)=1,419
Selecting and Storing Brazil nuts
Look for plump, crisp nuts. One pound of nuts in the shell will yield about 1 1/2 cups of nutmeats. Keep shelled Brazil nuts in the refrigerator as they tend to become rancid quickly. Store in a tightly sealed container or zip-seal bag to prevent them from absorbing food odors. Unshelled Brazil nuts can last for up to two months if kept in a cool, dry place.