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For centuries, Brazil nut trees have grown wild in the Amazon forest of South America, where indigenous tribes used the nuts to supplement their diets, and the oil and husks for a variety of other purposes.
Brazil nut trees grow in the western Amazonian rain forest, in an area that covers portions of Brazil, Bolivia and Peru. Bolivia and Peru account for more than half the world’s processing of Brazil Nuts.
One of the tallest trees in the tropical jungle, the Brazil nut tree grows to 165 feet tall, begins to bear fruit at 30 years old and may live 500 to 800 years.
The tree is wild; its growth and reproduction is dependent on the complex web of ecological relationships of the rain forest. All Brazil nuts are natural; efforts to cultivate Brazil nuts in plantations have never been successful.
Whole Brazil nuts are graded by size – typically mediums and midgets are imported into Europe. Broken Brazils are normally used for processing.
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