Going batty for Brazil nuts

Friday, 2 November 2012

Going batty for Brazil nutsIt may sound bizarre, look bizarre and you may have never heard of it before, but after you’ve read its fact sheet you may be adding it to your next meal. Yes, its benefits are that uh-mazing.

SUPER FOOD OF THE MONTH:
Brazil Nuts

What is it: Brazil nuts, also known as Bertholletia excels, are harvested edible seeds from the fruit of the Brazil nut tree.

Where it’s from: South America

Where it’s grown: On the Brazil nut tree

What it tastes and looks like: It has a dark brown shell with a white meat inside. It is three-sided in shape with a sweet nutty flavour.

How to eat it: They can be eaten raw, salted or sweetened and may be eaten alone or added to dishes. You can crush and sprinkle them over salads or fruit cakes.

A good source of: Mono-unsaturated fatty acids, a very good source of vitamin E as well as high levels of selenium

Benefits: Brazil nuts help lower bad cholesterol and increase good cholesterol in the blood stream. They help maintain the integrity of the cell membrane. As a bonus, they are gluten free, so if you’re gluten intolerant add Brazil nuts to your diet.

Chocolate coated Brazil nuts

Treat yourself a little, but still reap the benefits of the what’s inside.

Ingredients:
50g white chocolate
50g milk chocolate
50g dark chocolate
50 whole Brazil Nuts, shelled

Method
1. Melt the three different chocolates in three different bowls one at a time. You can either melt it down in a pot, or in a bowel in the microwave. Remove and stir well.

2. Dip the Brazil nuts into the chocolate and carefully coat them. Shake off excess chocolate and lay them down on a tray lined with baking paper. Leave to set.

What are your thoughts on Brazil nuts?

Image: Shutterstock.com

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Zoe has a bachelor’s degree in motion picture medium. She loves all things beauty and fashion. When she is not writing articles for the latest issue of Clicks Club Card magazine or BeautySouthAfrica.com, she is obsessed with gel nails, lengthening mascaras and healthy glowing skin! Zoe on Google+

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  1. AndreaM

    I’m still trying to warm up to these. I don’t like the taste but I love all other nuts.

    5 years ago •

  1. Pseudo_kate

    They’re such great snacks. I love that they’re a lot easier on the teeth unlike some other nuts that make you feel like you might crack a tooth in the process.

    5 years ago •

  1. SpiceY

    I love nuts as a snack , and Brazil nuts are really good….

    5 years ago •

  1. ricebunny

    Love all nuts! And great recipe to spice up the nuts

    6 years ago •

  1. Azraa

    Thanks for the recipe, definitely will try it for a healthy snack this summer

    6 years ago •

  1. Maddy

    love Brazil nuts and choco coated ones sounds delish.

    6 years ago •

  1. Thobza

    Omega3 found in these nuts are said to be very good for our hair and scalp no wonder Brazillian ladies have such stunning hair

    6 years ago •

  1. Humphreys

    Brazil nuts are a great snack and it keeps you full for a long time…

    6 years ago •

  1. Cat

    I must admit that I am not a fan of these nuts, they seem far too oily for me and I often pick them out BUT the chocolate coated ones sound devine

    6 years ago •

  1. Livvy

    i’m a nutaholic, just cannot get enough of them. thanks for the update.

    6 years ago •

  1. JamieBaby

    Mmmm this really does sound nice!!!Will give it a try! These nuts are super healthy, especially if you want to snack on something. These as well as Kashew nuts. I personally prefer salted nuts rather than plain.

    6 years ago •

  1. Angelisha

    I’m nuts about Nuts:) and who can resist it with Chocolate;)
    Thanks for the article!

    6 years ago •

  1. Hima

    Love these nuts,….and the chocolate coated brazil nuts recipe is too good to ignore..

    6 years ago •

  1. Lady-T

    it was first Brazilian hair!! now we are Brazilian nut crazy!! LOL!!! Let’s go Brazilian girls!!! Thanks for sharing!!

    6 years ago •

  1. Humphreys

    What would a normal/healthy portion of brazil nuts be per day for someone on a low carb diet? What is the carbohydrate count per portion of brazil nuts?

    6 years ago •

  1. Tasha

    I looooooove nuts and chocolate combination.

    6 years ago •

  1. Chicara

    I love nuts in general. The choc coated Brazil nuts sound divine. :)

    6 years ago •

  1. Reigh-J

    Yummy! I like the fact that it lowers you bad cholesterol.

    6 years ago •

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