Baru nuts grow in the savana ecoregion of Brazil. They are amazing due to their very powerful nutrients and great taste when roasted; a delicious mix between peanuts and cashews. Baru nuts are very high in protein with 24% of their weight being highly digestible protein, and they contain essential fatty-acids and antioxidants. They have fewer calories and fat than other traditional nuts (see chart below) and are also very rich in fiber, vitamin E, magnesium, potassium and zinc. They are a nutrient gold mine!
Baru nuts are wild-collected in the savana of Brazil by a local coop of organized families and this work has been promoting great socio-environmental aid to the region. With the growing consumption of baru nuts, its trees are no longer being cut down for timber since maintaining them standing is now valuable and sustainable, thus preserving the original flora & wildlife and creating much needed jobs for the local communities. The impact of these actions are helping to save this important and amazing ecosystem.
QUICK FACTS ABOUT BARU NUTS
Baru nuts come from the Baru tree (Dipteryx alata Vog.).
Baru nuts are extremely nutrient rich. Every 100 grams of Baru nuts contain:
24grams of protein
26.3 grams of fiber (100% of daily requirement)
21.4grams of Vitamin E (100% of daily requirement)
6.7mg of Zinc / 2.6mg of Iron / 150mg of Calcium
228mg of Magnesium / 1575mg of Potassium
Low water footprint. Baru nuts grow in the wild in an equilibrium with nature and do not require external water sources and heavy irrigation as many other nuts that have very high water usage.
Grown in the wild. Baru nuts are not part of a monocrop system but part of a native forest system as nature intended. They are grown without the use of pesticides, artificial fertilizers or any chemicals of any kind. Non-GMO & Gluten Free.
Locals praise baru nut's fertility enhancements due to the high level of Zinc in the nut.
Great taste, a mix between peanuts and cashews.
ABOUT THE BRAZILIAN SAVANA
The Brazilian savana is the world's most biologically rich savana. Covering more than 20% of Brazil, an area nearly 3 times the size of Texas, is not nearly as recognized or famous as the Amazon but is suffering devastation at a much faster rate.
Occupying 10 states in the Midwest part of the country, is one of the most threatened and over-exploited regions in Brazil regarding loss and deforestation. Its native habitats and rich biodiversity are being destroyed faster than the neighboring
rainforest by unsustainable agricultural activities, particularly soy production andcattle ranching, as well as burning of vegetation for charcoal.
Despite its environmental importance, it is one of the least-protected regions in Brazil with less than 3% of the region protected by law in national parks and conservation areas.
The Brazilian Savana is home to over 10,000 species of plants, 935 species of birds and nearly 300 mammals, including such endangered species as:
ECONOMICALLY SUSTAINABLE LIVING
Life is challenging for the families of the Brazilian Savana. There is a historical lack of basic infrastructure and education, difficult access due to poor roads and few work opportunities. These conditions push local families and communities who otherwise are well intended towards unsustainable jobs and industries. Baru trees have historically been cut down for use as timber and charcoal due to their excellent wood.
With the recent interest and discovery of the Baru nut as an excellent superfood, this practice is changing. Maintaining the existing trees standing is now much more valuable, creating a true, sustainable business model that makes sense economically, socially and environmentally.
Baru nuts are hand-picked through sustainable extrativism, since they grow in the wild and are only picked once the fruits fall from the trees. This also ensures that there are plenty of baru fruit left for the animals to consume and disperse the seeds.