News from Bolivia's rainforests: Brazil's walnut harvest this year has declined by 60-70%, mainly due to El Niño. Bolivia produces approximately half of the world's supply and reports that the capsules are empty. Trees aren't producing this year, which also means that communities that make a living harvesting this nutritious nut are likely to suffer. Bolivian authorities are planning new strategies to counter shortages due to this overwhelming drought, such as cutting vines around Brazil chestnut trees in the native rainforest, which could triple the yield of individual trees.
There are several reasons why Brazil nuts have become more difficult to find on the market than they were a few years ago. After the “catastrophic harvest” in the Amazon rainforest, there has been a drastic reduction in Brazil's nut supply. The lack of rain in South America due to El Niño also caused Brazil nut pods to fall ahead of time, causing fewer seeds to germinate and turn into trees. In addition, due to the drop in Brazil nut production in recent years, cutting down a Brazil nut tree has been banned in Brazil.
Eating a healthy breakfast is about to be much more expensive due to the great shortage of one of the key ingredients in muesli. There has also been information from several sources that the availability of Brazil nuts in the spot market is scarce, causing prices to rise. Brazil nut supplies have plummeted by more than two-thirds after a “catastrophic harvest in the Amazon rainforest”. However, factories cannot survive these price levels, so they would prefer to stop selling Brazil nuts.
There is speculation that the shortage of Brazil nuts may cause the prices of these nutritious nuts to increase considerably in the coming years. It is worth noting that Bolivia has continued to supply 1,928 tons of Brazil nuts to Germany, maintaining the top position by a very, very large margin. Brazil nut, an increasingly popular product, is also under pressure under the same rule in a few months. Brazil nuts are native to areas around the Amazon in the regions of Brazil, Colombia, Peru, Ecuador and Venezuela.
In this case, the pandemic has wreaked havoc due to the scarcity of markets and, as it is a product that is in great demand, the price will be the protagonist in the coming weeks. Brazil nuts are an excellent gluten-free source of dietary fiber, several vitamins, such as thiamine and vitamin E, and minerals, such as selenium, copper, magnesium, manganese, potassium, calcium, iron, phosphorus and zinc.