A protected species, once thought to be extinct, the Araucaria tree today grows in the sandy, rocky soil of Chile’s Los Andes and Nabuelbuta Ranges (Bio Bio and Araucania regions). The reddish, chili-pepper shaped seed, called the Araucaria Pine Nut, is hand-cultivated and sundried on rural farms by indigenous Mapuche Indians.
Nutrition: Araucaria Pine Nuts are a good source of protein, carbohydrates and dietary fiber.
Uses: In Chile, it is common to boil Araucaria Pine Nuts and eat them as a healthy snack. The nuts are also used in the production of flour and certain types of Chilean liquor.