In honor of the Olympic Games in Brazil we present this delicious Brazil Nut Chocolate Smoothie. You have time to go out and buy some Brazil nuts if you do not already have any and still be on time to salute the start of the Games.
And yes, Brazil nuts are native to Brazil as well as to several other northern South American countries. Brazil is also number 6 in the top twenty Cacao-producing countries, and is the largest producer in the Americas.
Wikipedia reports it is illegal in Brazil to cut down a Brazil nut tree. This means that the fruit of those that grow in backyards or near roads can be a hazard to vehicles and people. Fortunately, it would appear that the trees prefer the pristine conditions in the forests, as do the bees that pollinate them, so ‘urban’ trees are less productive.
Brazil nuts are high in fiber, protein, omega-6 fatty acids, vitamins B1 (thiamine) and E and dietary minerals including selenium. They are the number 1 source of selenium and just one to two nuts a day can provide all our bodies need, which is good to know as they can be expensive.
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