Native foods in the Amazon Rainforest

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    Native foods in the Amazon Rainforest

    The Amazon rainforest is a diverse landscape. The rainforest is home to dozens of native plants, animals and cultures. Humankind benefits greatly from life inside the rainforest. The rocks and soil provide minerals and diamonds. The plants provide medicines, and several foods enjoyed throughout South America and the rest of the world come from inside the Amazon rainforest.

    The Amazon rainforest is home to several foods. (Getty Thinkstock)

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    The Brazil Nut

    The Brazil nut is actually a seed found inside a large fruit that grows on the bertholletia excelsa tree. About 25 nuts can be harvested from one fruit, and the majority of the world's Brazil nuts come directly from independent farmers inside of the Amazon rainforest. Brazil nuts are a popular edition to most bags of mixed nuts. They are a large, half moon shaped seed with a creamy white texture and a mild taste. Brazil nuts are high in fat, but they are also a good source of protein. The protein in a Brazil nut contains amino acids, which are similar to the protein from meat and a good replacement for vegetarians.

    Brazil nut (Brazil nuts image by Alison Bowden from

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    A guarana is a small fruit, similar to a berry. Guarana fruit can be eaten directly, but is most commonly found in soft drinks, energy drinks and weight loss supplements. The fruit is an extremely popular addition to soft drinks found in Brazil. Guarana contains caffeine, a stimulant. In addition to the stimulant effects, guarana is very sweet to the taste and works well in desert recipes.

    Guarana is a common soft drink ingredient in Brazil. (JuFagundes/iStock/Getty Images)

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    The acai fruit is a small, purple berry-like fruit native to the Amazon rainforest. Acai has several health benefits. The fruit is high in antioxidant, amino acids, and fibre. According to San Diego Magazine, acai spoils within 24 hours of being picked. Brazilians eat the fruit directly off the vine. In other countries acai is made into juice or smoothies.

    Acai is common in smoothies. (diogoppr/iStock/Getty Images)

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    The pineapple is native to the Amazon rainforests in Brazil. The fruit grows from a tree. There is a tough layer on the outside of the pineapple, which can make accessing the fruit difficult. On the inside the pineapple is a vibrant yellow with a sweet and tropical taste. Pineapple is popular throughout the world.

    Pineapple is a popular tropical fruit. (olvas/iStock/Getty Images)

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