Also indexed as: Cream Nuts, Para Nuts
Preparation, uses, and tips
Shelled Brazil nuts can be eaten whole as snacks or covered in chocolate as a confection. They can also be sliced,
chopped, or ground and used in sweet and savory dishes, such as cookies and cakes or salads
and stuffing. Since they have a similar taste, Brazil nuts can replace macadamia nuts as well
as coconuts in most recipes. For ease in opening hard Brazil nut shells, soak the nuts in
water and boil them to soften the shell.
Brazil nuts are the edible seeds of a giant South American tree (Bertholletia
excelsa) that grows wild in the Amazon River basin.
Brazil nuts (unblanched), 6–8 kernels (1
Total Fat: 18.8g
*Excellent source of: Selenium (839mcg)
*Good source of: Magnesium (63.8mg), and Thiamine (0.28mg)
*Foods that are an “excellent source” of a particular
nutrient provide 20% or more of the Recommended Daily Value. Foods that are a “good
source” of a particular nutrient provide between 10 and 20% of the Recommended Daily