The exotic flavor of the Barùkas Nut (occasionally referred to as baru nuts in Brazil) has been described as a mix of almond, cashew and peanut – only better – and with less calories. But it’s the nutrients packed inside that’ll blow your mind. Anti-aging antioxidants, good fats for brain fuel, plenty of fiber, muscle-building protein, and incredible amounts of disease-fighting, micronutrients your body is craving: nature packed so much into this little nut. You must try it!
Quick Facts about Barukas
Barùkas Nuts (occasionally referred to as baru nuts in Brazil) come from the Baruziero tree (Dipteryx alata Vog.). There is only one nut per fruit that falls from the tree.
Low water footprint. Barukas nuts grow in the wild and do not require external water sources and heavy irrigation as many other nuts that have very high water usage.
Grown in the wild. Barukas nuts are not part of a monocrop system that destroys complex ecosystems, but is part of a native forest system as nature intended.
Also, Barukas are hand-picked through sustainable extrativism, meaning they grow in the wild and are only picked once the fruits fall from the trees. This also ensures that there are plenty of Barukas fruit left for the animals to consume and disperse the seeds for future trees.
Organic. Barukas nuts are grown without the use of pesticides, artificial fertilizers or any chemicals of any kind.
Locals praise fertility enhancements due to the high level of zinc in the nut.
Great taste, a delicious mix between peanuts and cashews.
Barukas nuts are extremely nutrient rich. They have:
6g of protein per serving
More fiber than any other nut
Loads of magnesium and other health-boosting minerals
More antioxidant power than any other nut
Barukas nuts are non-GMO & gluten free.
A Note From Superfood Hunter Darin Olien:
Superfood hunting is my passion. For more than 10 years I’ve traveled the world, getting to know local farmers and cooperatives who grow the finest quality plant-based foods. I founded the Superfood Conservancy to get the highest-quality superfoods such as the Barukas out to the world (including you!) while protecting farmers and the environment. A win, win, win. I hope you enjoy these delicious nuts wild harvested from the mineral-rich soil region of the Brazilian savanna. They are the most incredible nut I have ever discovered.
Amazon’s Forgotten Sibling & Why We All Need to Care
The Cerrado is the world’s most biologically rich savanna. Covering more than 20% of Brazil, an area nearly 3 times the size of Texas, the Cerrado is not nearly as recognized or famous as the Amazon but is suffering devastation at a much faster rate.
The Cerrado 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 neighboringrainforest by unsustainable agricultural activities, particularly soy production and cattle ranching, as well as burning of vegetation for charcoal.
Despite its environmental importance, the Cerrado 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 Cerrado is home to more than 10,000 species of plants, 935 species of birds, and nearly 300 mammals, including endangered species such as:
• Cerrado Fox
• Maned Wolf
Economically Sustainable Living
Barukas are wild-collected in the Cerrado by a local coop of organized families. Life is challenging for the families of the Cerrado. 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. Barukas 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 Barukas 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 lets families work in their communities. It makes sense economically, socially and environmentally.