Baru seeds are a sustainable superfood from the Brazilian Cerrado, the highland savannah that feeds South America’s major rivers. Harvested by indigenous peoples who previously cut down the baru (Dupteryx alata), the seeds contain more antioxidants than any domesticated nut — seven times the amount in peanuts — and have created good jobs that prevent illegal logging.
In this Earth911 Innovator interview, Ally Mamalider, director of business strategy at Organic Traditions, shares the story of how the company brought the baru seed to U.S. markets. We explore how the Baru seed is grown and harvested, as well as the many edible uses to which its seed and the seed husk can be put. Nothing needs to go to waste.
Baru seeds taste like peanuts but have none of the allergens peanuts carry. They are striking, with skin the color of mahogany and the meat is white, with a light peanut flavor. They can be processed into a peanut butter replacement, nut milk, or used in place of peanuts in curries and salads. Mamalider explains that baru trees grow with no irrigation and, compared to popular nuts, deliver more protein with fewer calories.
You can order your first taste at Organic Traditions.
Ally also shared recipes that bring the baru seeds to life in your diet. Check out this healthy and sustainable alternative to peanuts.
- Baru Dressing for salads and dipping vegetables
- Baru Butter to replace peanut butter
- Baru Butter Cups — a chocolate treat with antioxidants
- Baru No-Bake Nut-Free Granola Bars