Almonds from the Chiquitania region in Bolivia

The baru nuts, scientifically known as Dypterix alata, is a little-known but highly nutritious culinary treasure. With a remarkably balanced protein and low-fat composition, these almonds are a concentrated source of iron, zinc, magnesium, magnesium, phosphorus and calcium. Their versatility makes them perfect as a snack on their own or as an exquisite ingredient in gourmet dishes.

These almonds come from wild trees that grow in the heart of the Chiquitano Dry Forest, one of the most diverse ecosystems in the world. This forest plays a vital role in environmental sustainability and the livelihoods of rural communities.

Local indigenous communities have ancestrally harvested this abundant natural resource in their territory, generating vital income for their families. This economic incentive not only promotes the conservation of their land, but also fosters the protection of the surrounding ecosystems.

The almond harvesting process begins in winter, when the ripe fruits fall from the trees, marking the start of the harvesting season. Rigorous harvesting practices designed to preserve both the trees and the delicate balance of the local ecosystems are followed. Indigenous producers’ associations are responsible for hand-picking the fruits, transporting them to collection centres in their communities. There, the almonds are selected and subjected to a drying and cracking process with specialised tools, thus guaranteeing the quality of the final product.

This link between Bolivian communities committed to sustainable landscape management and international markets not only promotes the preservation of Bolivia’s forests, but also boosts local economic development. By opting for the Chiquitana almond, consumers not only enjoy an exquisite delicacy, but also actively contribute to environmental conservation and the well-being of indigenous communities.