Monday, April 9, 2012

Fun Facts: Brazil Nut edition

Brazil Nut refers to both the Brazil Nut Tree and the edible seed that comes from said tree.

The Brazil Nut tree is from the same order of plants such as blueberries, cranberries, tea, and kiwi fruit.

Though attempts have been made to harvest Brazil Nuts from plantations, Brazil Nuts tend to only reproduce in the wilderness and thus it is not economically viable to try and farm them.

The actual nut of the Brazil Nut tree looks much like a coconut and can weigh up to 4.5 pounds.

Each nut contains 8-24 seeds, which is what is commonly called the Brazil nut.

If you eat a Brazil nut, you are actually eating a Brazil Nut seed that is from Bolivia, not Brazil.

Brazil nuts can be sexually transmitted. If a man eats a Brazil nut and than has sex with a woman who is allergic to them, she can have an allergic reaction.

Granular convection is sometimes called the Brazil nut effect, which is the phenomenon where in a mix of objects of various size, the largest of the items will end up on the top. It is called the Brazil nut effect because it is easiest to demonstrate in a nut mix because the Brazil nuts will always end up on top if the mix is vibrated.

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