Dry fruits or nuts are liked everywhere in the world. Just like fruits, these nuts have so many types and kinds. It is good to know the history of these nuts as it can be surprising and a unique type of information for many of us. Brazil nuts were first discovered by the European traders in the 17th century. Also known as Castana tree, Brazil nut is from the family of Lecythidaceae which has more than 200 species in Neotropics.
It spreads from the southern Mexico into the southern Brazil. There are many different sizes and shapes found but still it is difficult to specify the exact specie from which it belongs. Brazil nuts can be found in the Amazon forests of Brazil, Peru, Columbia, Bolivia, and Venezuela. The tree is very beautiful and from the day of discovery this nut was liked and made a part of recipes and diet.
When the tree of Brazil nut was discovered, the researchers of that time started to research on the quality and health benefits of this nut. And when it became popular enough, countries started to export and import it. The Dutch merchants in late 1660s started exporting these nuts and earned huge profits through it. Today, nine metric tons of Brazil nuts are exported by United States alone.