You love your almonds, pistachios and macadamias, but have you tried Brazil nuts?

This unique nut is native to the Amazon forest and is grown in South American countries like Brazil, Peru and Bolivia. Native Amazonians cherish these delicious nuts which provide them with protein, healthy fats and other important vitamins and minterals.

Here are four essential nutrients that make Brazil nuts both a healthy and tasty snack.

Brazil nuts hold exceptionally high levels of selenium. Just 100g of Brazil nuts provide more than 30 times of your recommended daily intake of selenium, which makes them the highest natural source of this mineral. Selenium can help prevent coronary artery disease, liver cirrhosis and cancers.

Healthy Fats
Brazil nuts are high in healthy unsaturated fat which, when used in lieu of saturated fat, can help to promote heart health.

Vitamin E
Brazil nuts are also a very good source of vitamin E, which is a powerful antioxidant that boosts the health of your skin and protects it from harmful oxygen-free radicals.

B-Complex Vitamins
Additionally, these creamy nuts are an excellent source of B-complex vitamins such as thiamin, riboflavin, niacin, pantothenic acid and folates. These important vitamins help convert the food you eat into cellular energy that fuels your body’s many chemical reactions. 

We recommend that you store your Brazil nuts in the refrigerator for maximum freshness and flavour.

Check out these recipes by the BBC for ideas on how to enjoy your Brazil nuts.