Guarana is a tropical plant native to the Amazon basin that gets its name from the Tupi-Guarani natives of Brazil, who describe the herb as “the fruit for the eyes of the people.” The “fruit” referred to is the seed, which is housed is groups of one to three in a reddish, nut-like pod. In addition to volatile oils and tannic acids, the seed contains a compound that is chemically identical to caffeine called guaranine. Because guarana seed is used whole or powdered to create stimulating beverages, it is also known as Brazilian cocoa.
Guarana Seed Whole, 1/4lb
Guarana is a vine native to the Amazon basin named in honor of the Guarani tribe, who brew a beverage used in medicine and ceremony from the roasted seeds of the bright red berries of the plant.
The whole seeds contain a substance called guaranine, the most abundant naturally-occurring source of caffeine known. In fact, a cup of brew made from guarana seed has nearly three times the caffeine as a cup of coffee.