The Brazil nut is a large nut with a very hard, three-sided, brown shell cultivated in Brazil and Paraguay. The kernel has creamy-coloured meat which is very nutritious and has a high fat content. It can be eaten as a dessert nut or used in cooking as coconut. The tall tree on which it is born is indigenous to Brazil and grows mostly in the wild. Up to 20 nuts, actually seeds, are held almost like orange segments in a woody pod not unlike a coconut. Almost all the nuts are exported.