Brazil nut is a three-sided nut with white meat consisting of 70% fat and 17% protein. For centuries the indigenous tribes of the jungle have relied on Brazil nuts as an important staple in their diet. So important that nuts have been used as a commercial product, such as money. Indigenous tribes eat raw nuts or grate them and mix them into porridge. In the Brazilian Amazon, nuts are grated with the spiny roots of the Socratea palms in a white weed known as "Castanha milk" and then mixed with cassava flour.
, fat and protein for much of the indigenous and tribal peoples of the Amazon.