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What are baru seeds?
Baru is a primitive Legume (Dipteryx alata Vog.) known as the baru tree or Baruzeiro, a tall tree from the threatened South American Cerrado savanna. Once a year it bears baru fruits, each with a single seed inside. Although similar to a big peanut, it precedes most known Legumes and will not trigger allergies. Baru Baron's suppliers facilities are also peanut-free and nut-free, ensuring our products' safety.
TOP 5 BARU FACTS
ARE BARU SEEDS GOOD FOR YOU?
Absolutely, and they are quite filling. Due to their unique composition, baru seeds have been increasingly studied by the international scientific community for the last 15 years, having several articles written on their benefits. Baru seeds have a high nutrient density, being rich in:
Protein - a great post-workout snack with a complete aminoacids profile.
Mono and polyunsaturated fats - such as omega-6 and omega-3.
Antioxidants - composed by phenolic compounds or Vitamin E.
Minerals - such as magnesium, zinc, potassium, and phosphorus in levels not found in other edible seeds and nuts.
Dietary fibre - for digestive and circulatory health.
The latest studies recommend 20g per day as part of a healthy diet.
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ARE BARU SEEDS GOOD FOR THE ENVIRONMENT?
Definitely yes. To talk about baru seeds is to talk about the South American Cerrado. They are part of an overlooked ecosystem that is being destroyed very rapidly, with dire consequences to many biomes, such as the Amazon and the Pantanal.
The Cerrado is the richest savanna in the world in terms of biodiversity and the second largest biome in South America, being home to some of the main water tables in the continent. It is 65 million years old and spreads over the heart of Brazil, parts of Bolivia and Paraguay, being roughly half the size of Europe or twice the size of Ontario.
Currently, only 20% of the Cerrado’s original vegetation remains. This happened mainly in the last 20 years, being deforested 5x faster than the Amazon by intensive agricultural activities, such as soy crops, cattle ranching, and the burning of vegetation for charcoal, even though it’s an important part of the global ecosystem.
Native trees such as baru allow for the keeping of water tables and important aquifers such as the Guarani, the second largest in the world, almost the size of Quebec. The Cerrado is part of a complex water cycle, and the disappearance of such vegetation could dramatically affect that cycle and snowball into the loss of 40% of the Amazon forest by 2050.
The recent “discovery” of baru seeds as a nutrient-rich food means its extraction is now a profitable alternative to deforestation, creating jobs, international awareness of the Cerrado, and stimulating the local economy, as baru fruits and seeds are foraged as a source of income by many Cerrado communities.
With the increase on demand, more baru trees are planted, attracting local pollinators, allowing the natural water cycle to be restored and maintaining existing water tables and streams, thus sustaining the Cerrado and by proxy the Amazon.
Cerrado and the Amazon Rainforest
The Cerrado is deeply connected with the Amazon, especially regarding their shared, complex water cycle.
Water comes from the Atlantic Ocean (1) and enters the Amazon rainforest as it becomes flying rivers (2), heading south (3) towards Midwestern Brazil (4). This rainfall penetrates the soil through deep-rooted vegetation such as baru trees and integrates water tables that feed rivers such as the Tocantins, Araguaia, and Xingu (5), returning to the rainforest.
THE MANUAL EXTRACTION OF BARU SEEDS
WHO ARE WE
Baru Baron is a Canadian, Toronto-based company focused on introducing the wonderful baru seeds from Brazil into Canada. Its owner, Shand Santos, is from the Brazilian Cerrado and cares deeply about fair trade and the sustainability of our products and suppliers, not to mention their quality and safety.
We are at the forefront of international baru and Cerrado awareness and research, worrying deeply about the future of the planet and the keeping of resources for future generations. We are anti-GMOs, anti-monoculture, and pro-sustainability.
When you buy our products, you’re partnering not only with us, but also with the preservation of baru trees, the Cerrado, its local communities, and the whole of South America’s natural environment.