Dubbed the new snacking seed, these tasty Greek olive looking seeds are from Brazil and come roasted for immediate consumption. Also called the baru almond, this legume comes from the Dipteryx alata tree. Other monikers it goes by include cumbaru, camaru, barujo, and coco-feijão. They’re only found within very specific climates of South America; the Cerrado savannah in Brazil and parts of Bolivia.
To further add to their rarity is the fact that this large species of tree is classified as vulnerable according to the IUCN. However, it is hoped that these super-nuts, which are lower in fat than most nuts and exploding nutritionally will be popular enough to encourage farming of this tasty snack and culinary wonder.
Only 5% of what’s inside are the seeds, the rest is flesh which tastes sweet and is eaten by locals. As far as tasting the fruit, sorry but you won’t find exports of it at your local supermarket. You will have to visit Brazil to experience it fresh!
What does a baru almond taste like? Delicious, but as is the case with most nuts, describing their flavor is not always easy. Many compare it this one to the taste of a sesame seed.