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In my new video “High Fruit? Low Fruit? Or…?,” I share an insight regarding the latest Internet health debates on sweet fruit intake, high sugar/low sugar, raw food, wild food, and indigenous-style eating. I have found that you can have your ultra healthful cake and eat it too…with a little-known clever food preparation.

All ancient and modern cultures have fermented foods. They take sugar-containing foods (some foods that are  edible raw/unfermented and foods that are not truly edible until fermentation) and subject them to a fermentation process (wines, kefirs, yogurts, cheeses, beers, sauerkrauts, sourdough bread, etc.) to create a NEW food. This new food – or ferment – has gone through a biological medium (usually a symbiotic colony of lactobacilli (good bacteria) and yeasts (good fungi) that eats up the sugar and turns it into more probiotic bacteria, amino acids, B vitamins, and a huge amount of co-factor nutrients that do wonders for our health.

This is sprouted oats blended with kefir grains and spring water. This will ferment to create the base of a raw sourdough bread.

A ferment typically takes 36 hours to many months to finish depending on the ferment and thus it can do what our own intestines (which are also rich in good bacteria and yeasts) cannot because our digestive process should be 24 hours or less. For the hardcore raw food simplicity eaters who think that we can skip ferments, this is a big concept to accept.

We must also accept the fact that most agricultural food (from the farm and the garden) has undergone a multi-generational genetic change through selective breeding based on farmer’s preference, which typically makes a food bigger (less nutrient dense), sweeter (too much sugar than we need) and less bitter (not enough medicines, which act to nourish our body’s immune system, endocrine system, nervous system, etc.). On the flip side, we must also accept that a lot of wild

Master Cleanse Kefir from the book "Superfood Beauty Elixirs." (http://SuperfoodBeautyElixirs.com) Unlike the typical master cleanse lemonade which is loaded with maple sugar, this ultra-low-glycemic version is rich in coconut kefir's probiotics, B vitamins, amino acids and many co-factor nutrients.

food is often very small, not pleasantly sweet, and too high in bitters (too many alkloids can be toxic to consume strait).

Interestingly, fermentation can be a solution to rendering BOTH the agricultural foods and the highly medicinal wild foods into a more ideal food for us humans to consume: a ferment.

For example, agricultural fruits have too much sugar for most people to handle without spiking blood sugar. However, if we ferment fruits in a controlled manner we end up with a low-sugar beverage that is even more nutritious than the fruit itself. We also can take highly medicinal food and let a ferment break down some of the harsh alkaloids. Wild cruciferous (and to some extent domesticated cruciferous too like the common cabbages) have goitrogens (thyroid function suppressors), but upon fermenting them into a sauerkraut the goitrogens are broken down. The phytates (anti-nutrients that block our absorption of certain nutrients) in seeds can be broken down through sprouting (which is similar to fermentation in that you are activating an enzymatic process via soaking seeds in water) and fermenting when making seed mylk kefirs/yogurts.

Most fermented products available at your local health food store are NOT organic and are often adulterated with extra cane sugar and preservatives. Or in the case of many store-bought kombuchas,

the kombucha ferment is just not DONE yet, and thus a lot of sugar still remains to be eaten and turned into other nutrients. Organic unpasteurized sauerkrauts are easy to find, but all the other ferments are few and far between: raw kefirs, organic pure meads and ciders, organic pure vinegars (other than apple cider vinegar)…these varieties of ferments are not conveniently available for us high-quality seekers yet. Thus I hope my article and video inspire you to start making your own from scratch so that you can have a variety of ferments to add into your regimen. Do some research online and start making your own kefirs and other ferments in your own kitchen.

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This article marks the first of many “Wild Food Closeup” posts where I describe my favorite accessible wild foods and provide top notch recipes that use the featured wild food as a main ingredient.

Upper Brazil nuts in brown seed coat, lower naked out of seed coat

The delicious Brazil nut (Bertholletia excelsa) is one of the most accessible wild foods on the planet because – chances are – it is imported right to your favorite stores. Almost all Brazil nuts you can buy are wild-crafted in South America, where the up to 170 foot tall, up to 1000 years of age Brazil nut tree is native. The nuts (botanically they are not nuts, but seeds) are imported conveniently naked out of “shell.”

The Brazil nut tree has rarely been cultivated because it requires the long-tongued orchid bee to be pollinated and bare fruit. The orchid bees require the nearby presence of the orchid Coryanthes vasquezii. The male bees pollinate the orchid and must acquire the scent of the orchid to attract the female bees. The female bees pollinate the coiled Brazil nut flower. No orchid, no bee population. No bee population, no pollination. No pollination, no fruit which contains the Brazil nut.

This pollination intricacy is actually good news because it means that the Brazil nut has therefore escaped thousands of years of agricultural cultivation, a man-made process than generally ends up lowering the mineral and medicinal content of the end food cultivar. Equally as good news is that this necessarily provides income for tropical forests without destroying them.

Brazil nut fruit pod, looks similar to cacao fruit pod

Brazil nut leaf, pod, shell, nut

In the health-world, Brazil nuts have been made famous for containing a phenomenal amount of the trace mineral Selenium, which is a necessary co-factor in just about every system, organ and gland of the body. Most foods and soils are low in Selenium.

Brazil nuts are one of my favorite foods because they are both wild and caloric (and did I mention yet: also incredibly delicious!). We hear about wild foods like dandelion, miner’s lettuce and reishi mushroom, but those foods don’t give us the calories, oils and bulk proteins (in other words, the macronutrients) that we humans need. To find a wild food that is both therapeutically nutritious and abundant in calories is actually rare and requires either a lot of knowledge to find and wild-craft ourselves or an industry out of Bolivia, Brazil and Peru that harvests 20,000 tons of Brazil nuts per year (which is down from over 100,000 tons in 1970!)

Be wary of Brazil nuts that have been sitting around in a bulk been for a while, exposed to light and dirty hands. If your Brazil nuts acquire a slightly moldy flavor, which is common, it means that aflatoxin has developed and they should not be eaten.

Most nuts and seeds we can buy (sweet almonds, English walnuts, etc.) are cultivars that are just not as virile and full of life-force medicine as their wild origins. But choosing to add in wild Brazil nuts allows us to easily transition into a diet-lifestyle that generally makes us more “virile and wild” in our health. Get yourself some high quality organic Brazil nuts and start making some amazing recipes today.

Recipes using plenty of Brazil nuts:

RAW GREEN BRAZILLY ONION BAGEL

Place the following in a large bowl:

Onion bagel ingredients mixed in bowl prior to pressing through solid cone juicer

3 large onions, peeled and cut into pieces

2 cups Brazil nuts, soaked 1 to 24 hours

3/4 cup olive oil

3/4 cup ground chia seed

1/3 cup tonic herb tea

2 teaspoons sea salt

2 cloves garlic, peeled

Several dashes of spirulina

OPTIONAL: 1/2 teaspoon chipotle, cayenne or chile pepper of choice

Mix with spatula in bowl. Then push through a slow moving juicer with the solid (not porous) plate in place into another bowl. Mix on more time and place on solid-sheeted dehydrator trays into “half bagel” shapes (like thick pancakes with holes in their center.) Dehydrate at about 120*F for a few hours, then flip onto screen trays and dehydrate a few more hours until crispy on the outside and somewhat moist on the inside.

RAW CREAM “CREME OF NUT BUTTER” CHEZE

Raw Green Brazilly Onion Bagels spread with Cream "Cream of Nut Butter" Cheze

2/3 cup Brazil nut butter (make this by blending Brazil nuts in a food processor until creamy)

2 tablespoons + 1 teaspoon freshly squeezed lemon juice

1 tablespoon + 1 teaspoon spring water

2 teaspoons hemp seeds

2 teaspoons birch xylitol, honey or your favorite healthful sweetener

1/4 teaspoon sea salt

Blend in a blender  until thick and creamy. Spread on your Raw Green Brazilly Onion Bagels.

Want more exquisite wild-food-containing raw recipes? Then my book Superfood Beauty Elixirs is just for you. Visit www.SuperfoodBeautyElixirs.com to read all about it (I know you’ll love it) and don’t forget to tell your of similar mindset friends!

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