FAQ

What is so special about baru seeds?
Baru seeds are the most nutrious natural snack in existence. They are wild, rare and have a positive environmental and social impact. Even though they resemble large peanuts, they are peanut and nut free.
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Is it organic/non-GMO?
Depicted on the right, a baru tree. Baru trees are the polar opposite of GMOs: it's a wild species that needs pristine conditions to bear fruit. It relies on pollinators that are particularly sensitive to pesticides; it is native to one of the oldest environments on the planet.

However, we and our suppliers can't have seals for now. The main reason is that certification organizations such as Canadian Organic and EcoCert assume they're dealing with established crops in traditional farms. This would require an annual certification from every single baru supplier hand-picking baru fruits from the wild and is unrealistic.
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Why are they also called "baru almonds" or "baru nuts"? What is the difference between regular almonds and "baru almonds"?
Baru seeds are often referred to as "baru almonds" or "baru nuts" throughout scientific literature due to translation mistakes. As a species, they are completely unrelated to almonds or any other tree nut.

Brazilian scientists can't seem to reach a translation consensus in Academia, and articles referring to baru seeds in English can be found using three terms - baru nuts, baru seeds or baru almonds.

This confusion is justified - in Portuguese, they are called "castanhas de baru" (literally "baru chestnuts") or "amêndoas de baru" (literally "baru almonds").
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Does its cultivation/processing require a lot of water, as almonds or pili nuts do?
No. Baru trees are adapted to use as little water as possible to produce fruits, and along with other deep-rooted trees from the Cerrado, in fact, allow for the existence of water tables and ultimately, rivers.
More importantly, trees like baru are what make the Cerrado the "water tower" of South America.
The processing of their fruits and seeds also do not require soaking.
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I'm allergic to peanuts and/or tree nuts. Will they trigger an allergy on me?
No. Baru Baron's baru seeds are certified peanut free and nut free, and there are no known cases of any allergies or cross-allergies when processed in a nut-free facility.

Some hard science: genetically, they're from a very early branch of Papilionoid Legumes called Dipterygeae, a distant predecessor of more familiar Legumes. This means they are also unrelated to tree nuts.

Being an ancient species, they didn't develop specific proteins that would make later species trigger allergies.
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Why dry-roasted and not raw? Don't they lose nutritional value when roasted?
Baru seeds do not lose nutritional value when dry-roasted and, as a matter of fact, improve their digestibility. Eating raw baru seeds means you won't digest their proteins.

Some hard science: this is due to the inactivation of a trypsin inhibitor component through the roasting process. Trypsin is an enzyme that makes the digestion of a number of proteins possible in the human body.
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How high is their roasting temperature?
We roast them lightly at around 350ºF (200ºC) so their proteins will be digestible, but every other nutrient remains undamaged.
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Can we soak or sprout them? How are they regarding phytic acid?
Baru seeds are usually high in phytic acid and could have low bio-availability of zinc and iron according to some studies. Since raw baru seeds are not available in Canada yet, and sprouting is not an option, for now, the best way to remove their phytic acid is by soaking them.
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Why is it so caloric?
Compared to other oily seeds, baru seeds have the lowest caloric content. They also have a low glycemic index.

On top of that, baru seeds' calories come from healthy fats, and their high fibre content balances the absorption of these calories over time.

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Can I eat it every day? How much?
Yes, in the same way you would eat any fiber-rich vegetable. The latest studies recommend 20g of them daily for weight and cholesterol control, somewhere around 20 seeds.
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If baru seeds are so incredible, how come this is not "a thing"?
For a number of reasons, such as a very recent infrastructure built in their native area, as well as very recent scientific and market interest in it. Canada is one of the first countries to have Baru seeds for sale.

There are other 200 edible fruits and seeds from the Cerrado that are barely known outside of South America.
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Is baru from the Amazon? How is it related to the Amazon rainforest?
Baru trees grow just south of the Amazon rainforest, in the South American Cerrado savanna. Baru trees are well known by the communities living on the border of these two distinct biomes, but are strictly savanna trees.

All baru seeds available for retail are sourced in the Cerrado, which acts as a "water tower" for the rainforest and neighbouring biomes.
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