INGREDIENTS

Buyer's guide

Commercial supplies of Brazil nuts are still derived entirely from wild trees though there are concerns that they're being harvested too intensively.

Preparation

Brazil nuts can be eaten raw or used in cooking. Whole, they are used in confectionary and are good for decorating fruit cakes or larger cakes because of their nice shape and size. Roughly ground, they make good toppings for desserts and add crunch to rice or vegetable dishes. Ground Brazil nuts can be stirred into cakes and cheesecake bases.