Tesouros do Cerrado

The Scrubland (Cerrado) is the world's richest savannah in biodiversity, with 12 thousand species identified, scattered across 37 environments, forming a vegetation complex with multiple landscapes, which occupies approximately 36% of the Brazilian territory, considering their transitional areas.
Discover the riches of the Cerrado:

Baru (Dipteryx alata)

It Is a real treasure of the Scrubland (Cerrado) rich in essential nutrients for our health. This leguminous from the Scrubland is appreciated by the unequaled flavor of its chestnut, which has important nutritional value for maintaining bodily functions, being considered rich in iron, zinc, magnesium, phosphorus, copper and source of calcium and fibers.

The mature fruits of baru present color brown and are collected on the floor by agro extractive dwellers, leaving part of fruits for natural reproduction of the species. Chestnuts should be consumed roasted and can be used as an ingredient of various sweet and salty recipes. The baru chestnut is a source of proteins, contains oil, soluble fibers, and they are rich in vitamins and mineral salts. The fruits ripen in the period from August to September and they serve as food for bats, rodents, macaws, monkeys and for the cattle.

Pulp: The pulp, color brown, very sweet, should be consumed processed or in the jelly form and liquor.

Almond (baru chestnut): the almond is inside the fruit. Should be consumed roasted and can be used to enrich several recipes of breads, cakes, ice creams, with aperitif, or still in candies or peanut fudges, granolas, cereal bars. It has been used since 2001 in the school meals. According to studies, in 30 grams of baru chestnut, the equivalent to 1/2 cup of tea, there is 1,4 milligrams of the mineral ( iron) that combats the anemia

Oil: The oil extracted is similar to olive oil with 81% unsaturated, and it is obtained through the almonds processing, rich in omega 9. It is used in human food in several ways, as well as anti-rheumatic for their properties.

From the bark (endocarp) is produced an ecological coal (search CEDAC/LPF/IBAMA-supported by the MMA) with higher calorific value than native wood and eucalyptus coal.

The baru is champion
The champion is baru Compare the levels of calories and minerals in oleaginous

Item Baru Peanut Hazelnut Nut
Calories 502 594 629 718
Iron 4,7 mg 3,7 mg 3,3 mg 2,6 mg
Zinc 4,2 mg 3,8 mg 2,2 mg 1,2 mg

* in 100 grams, which equates to 1 1/2 cup of tea for each