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Cashews: Not Nuts

Johnny Appleseed, the legendary American planter, could have just as easily been planting cashews. Because cashews are not really nuts. Rather they are seeds that form on the underside of the edible cashew apple. Native to the jungles of the Amazon, the cashew tree (Anacardium occidentale) was first brought to India by Portuguese traders in the 16th century. Today, India and East Africa are the world’s largest cashew producers.

The cashew apple is a 5–10 cm fleshy pear-like stalk (the fruit) with a bright red or yellow skin. Protruding from its bottom is a gray/brown kidney-shaped seed — what we commonly refer to as the nut. A resin in the shell of the cashew seed called cashew balm is very caustic, so cashews must be shelled and boiled before they can be eaten. But that doesn’t take away from their sweet buttery flavor or their rich nutrient content.

And nutritionally rich they are. Cashews are a great source of protein and fiber, thiamin, Vitamin B6, Vitamin K, as well as trace elements like copper, phosphorus, manganese and magnesium. Cashews have less fat than most other nuts, mostly unsaturated fatty acids. Two-thirds of them are monounsaturated, which can help lower triglyceride levels in diabetics. And if they aren’t salted, they maintain their 0 sodium level.

Raw and un-roasted is the best way to make sure you get all the superfood nutrition packed into the delicious cashew apple seed. Both our vanilla and chocolate chilled mousse MUD are full of cashew goodness that gives them an unbelievable consistency and flavor. Cashews are truly a superfood gift from cashew apples. If Johnny Appleseed had only known.

 

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The above information is for educational purposes only, and gathered from a variety of different sources. It should not be construed as medical advice, or as an endorsement of any particular product. Your healthcare provider is your best source for medical and nutritional direction, and should be consulted on any health decision you make.

 

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