June 2, 2020

Brazilian Pepper Tree: A Berry with BIG Benefits

You may not have ever heard of the Brazilian Peppertree, Schinus terebinthifolia, but have likely heard of its relatives which produce pink peppercorns, pistachios, and cashews. This thorny tree is native to Brazil and becomes invasive in subtropical areas like Florida, California, and Arizona. Unlike its relatives, the Brazilian Peppertree isn’t used to season food; its role is more medicinal. The small pink fruits from this tree have been used by traditional Amazonian healers for generations to treat infections and wounds. Traditional folk medicine has asserted that the Brazilian Pepper Tree possesses antibacterial activity which can be harnessed by isolating […]
May 23, 2016

The Blooming Nutrition of Brazil

We’re all familiar with common fruits such as apples, oranges, and bananas, which are delicious and nutritious. Fortunately, the flavors and nutrition that nature offers us are boundless and there are always new tastes to discover. In this post, we’re going to highlight some specifically impressive berries and fruits that come from Brazil, but are relatively unknown here in North America. Almost makes you wonder – are the Amazon forest and its surrounding areas hiding any other nutritional gems? Acai Berries Are a True Superfood Acai berries have gained the spotlight as a super fruit and for good reason. These […]