The Nutty Tale of Brazil Nuts: A Journey From Rainforests to Our Gift Jars

Brazil nuts, despite their name, come from various South American countries, not just Brazil. Most of these deliciously crunchy nuts actually hail from the rainforests of Bolivia, as well as Guianas, Venezuela, Eastern Colombia, and Eastern Peru.

However, the classic name "Brazil nuts" stuck because Brazil was one of the first countries to export these nuts on a large scale to the rest of the world, introducing these nutritious snacks to the global market. Although Brazil nuts do grow in Brazil, predominantly in the Amazon rainforest, their name is a testament to Brazil's significant role in their global distribution. 

Fascinating right?

Wild and Wonderful Harvest
At Rita Farhi, we source our Brazil nuts from the wild forests of Bolivia. Unlike some crops grown on plantations, Brazil nuts are sustainably harvested from the wild. This ensures that the towering trees remain untouched and the forest ecosystem stays healthy. Harvesting Brazil nuts from the wild also helps protect the rainforest from deforestation, which is vital for supporting the income of local communities who rely on these nuts.

The harvesting journey is an incredible feat of nature and human effort. It begins with the collection of the large, woody fruits that fall from the seriously tall Brazil nut trees. These fruits, resembling coconuts, are gathered by local harvesters who navigate the dense forest floor. Each fruit contains 12 to 24 Brazil nuts encased in a hard shell, and once collected, the fruits are cracked open using machetes or other tools to reveal the nuts inside.

Next, the Brazil nuts undergo a drying process to reduce moisture content, which helps in preserving them for longer periods. This step is crucial as it prevents mold and maintains the nuts' quality. After drying, the nuts are transported to processing facilities where they are shelled and cleaned. The shelling process is labour-intensive, often done by hand or using small machines, ensuring the nuts are not damaged. They are then cleaned, packaged up and sent to various companies around the world, to be sold and enjoyed on the shelves near you.

Our Commitment To Sustainability
As part of our commitment to 'Doing better everyday', we are proud members of the Rainforest Alliance, which confirms that our Brazil nuts are sourced in a socially responsible manner. This means supporting local communities who rely on these natural habitats and forests for their livelihoods.

The Brazil nut trade alone provides jobs and income for thousands of families in Bolivia, helping to lift them out of poverty and support their communities. By choosing wild-harvested nuts, you’re not just enjoying a tasty treat; you’re also helping to protect the rainforest and support its people.

Excellent Health Benefits
Brazil nuts aren't just any snack. These little powerhouses are packed with selenium, a mineral that plays a key role in metabolism and immune function. Just one Brazil nut provides more than 100% of your daily selenium needs.

Selenium isn’t the only thing these nuts have going for them. They also boast healthy fats, fibre, protein, and antioxidants. Eating a few of these can help lower inflammation, support thyroid function, and even improve heart health. 

So, the next time you open a jar of our Rita Farhi Chocolate Coated Brazil nuts, remember the wild journey they’ve made. From towering rainforest trees to eco-friendly and socially responsible harvesting, these nuts are as good for the planet as they are for your health.