Baru seeds (misnomers: baru nuts or baru almonds) resemble large peanuts and have a familiar “nutty” flavour and texture.
They come from a rare Legume (Dipteryx alata Vog.) known as the baru tree or Baruzeiro. Once a year, this tall tree from the South American Cerrado savanna bears baru fruits.
Baru seeds are by default peanut and nut-free due to their unique evolutionary path going back over 60 million years. The baru tree is a singular species from an isolated, primitive branch of Legumes called Dipteryx.
The species only grows in the South American savanna and has little relation to better-known Legumes such as soy, peas or peanuts. Over the course of its evolution, it developed proteins unrelated to those species, and thus, will not trigger related allergies.
However, to ensure no cross-contamination along the processing chain, all Baru Baron’s products are made in a dedicated, vegan facility free of the top 8 allergens as well as sesame.
The recent unveiling of baru seeds as a nutrient-rich food means its extraction is now a profitable alternative to deforestation. Many Cerrado communities forage baru fruits and seeds as a source of revenue.
Watch the traditional processing of baru fruits below: