We often receive emails from customers asking if Semilla de Brazil and our Nuez de la India are the same thing.
Our answer is "Yes and No, but Nuez de la India is better."
Nuez de la India and Semilla de Brazil are in fact seeds from the same species of tree called "Aluerites Moluccana".
Our Nuez de la India comes from a specific, non-toxic variety of the Aluerites Moluccana tree which we have propagated in the Amazon Rainforest. We do not know where Semilla de Brazil is sourced (and there are a dozen different companies), but we can hopefully assume it is also sourced from the Amazon in Brazil.
The major difference is in the preparation and the packaging.
Semilla de Brazil is sold DESHELLED -- meaning the distributor has already removed the natural protective shell and sliced the semillas in 1/2 seed sizes.
Examples of Semilla de Brazil:
(notice how dry the seed pieces on the left already look)
While this might seem convenient at first glance we actually feel this is a very bad idea for two reasons.
1. FRESH = EFFECTIVE
We say this again and again because it is 100% true. Fresh, oily, seeds of Nuez de la India are by far the most effective. When you remove the seeds from their natural protective shell you are exposing them to the elements -- particularly light and heat. This causes sensitive plant nutrients and oils in the plants to die or dry out leaving nothing behind except fiber, carbohydrates and proteins. This is especially true of aluerites moluccana seeds which have soft outer skin and oily kernels.
2. Difficult to Identify to Verify Authenticity.
When looking at the above seeds it's hard to tell if you are looking at bits of aluerites moluccana or macadamia. This can make it difficult for you to verify authenticity when you are purchasing from a vendor.
This is why it is best to buy the raw, whole seeds. It only takes a matter of seconds to remove the kernel from it shell and expose the fresh, effective Nuez de la India. That is why our Nuez de la India is sold whole, raw, and in resealable packaging.