The Brazil nut tree is a gorgeous spectacle.

The Brazil nut tree is truly unique

The Brazil nut tree is a gorgeous spectacle. It looks like the stereotypical tree that a kid would draw: a long trunk with leafy boughs all bunched together at the top. This is another one of those giants of the rainforest that stand out in the landscape. It lives for some 500 years. There is evidence that some of them used to live for up to 1600 years, but that was in pre-Columbian times, some 9 thousand years ago, when indigenous peoples were spreading the Brazil nut tree throughout Amazonia. Way back then they had already mastered the art of forest management.

The Brazil nut is a seed that can only be obtained by harvesting it from its natural environment. For the great fortune of biodiversity, monoculture techniques are simply incapable of reproducing the conditions the Brazil nut tree requires to grow and thrive. We must imitate our ancestors and encourage growth of the Brazil nut tree in its natural setting, which is the virgin forest, on solid land but close to large rivers, where orchids grow nearby and surrounded by the buzz of sturdy bees with long tongues. For not any bee is able to lift the hood of each flower and imbibe its nectar.

This unique seed endowed with remarkable nutritional properties is rich in omega 9 fatty acids, vitamin E and the trace element selenium. A diet containing Brazil nuts withstands the ravages of free radicals. The Brazil nut is widely used in the cosmetics industry, since its oil has remarkable properties as an agent for moisturizing and regenerating bodily tissues.

The Brazil nut tree is truly unique. A member of that class of delightful and rarely encountered phenomena that we call miracles.