Cashews are pseudo fruits of the cashew tree from which the seeds, found at the bottom of the cashew fruit, are obtained. They are native of Brazil.
A kidney-shaped nut that grows out from the bottom of the cashew fruit, the shell is highly toxic so great care is taken in shelling and cleaning the nut, they have a sweet, buttery flavor and contain about 48 percent fat, and because of their high fat content, they should be stored, tightly wrapped, in the refrigerator to retard rancidity, and as with most nuts, roasting cashews brings out their nutty flavor.
These nuts are relatively low in calories and saturated fat, and provide an excellent source of copper, magnesium and phosphorus.
Cashew nuts are popular in Thai, Chinese, and Indian cuisine. Often used as a garnish.
Vegans use cashew nuts to make a wide variety cheese substitutes, including goat "cheese," Parmesan "cheese," and so much more...even "cheese"cake!
Cashew nuts are sold raw, dry or honey roasted, and salted - providing an excellent snack or additive to salads and stir fries. These nuts are also used to make flavorful butter.
The cashew fruit can be eaten raw or used in the production of a cashew juice (mixed with water in a blender), distilled cashew drink, fermented cashew juice, dried cashew (really good - sweet), eaten qith salt.
Kidney-shaped seeds that adhere to the bottom of the cashew fruit, the fruit of the cashew tree, which is native to the coastal areas of northeastern Brazil.
Selecting and Buying
Cashews are generally available in prepackaged containers as well as bulk bins. Just as with any other food that you may purchase in the bulk section, make sure that the bins containing the cashews are covered and that the store has a good product turnover so as to ensure its maximal freshness.
Preparation and Use
Cashew makes a wonderful nut butter and a special addition to salads and stir-fry dishes.
Conserving and Storing
Due to their high content of oleic acid, cashews are more stable than most other nuts but should still be stored in a tightly sealed container in the refrigerator, where they will keep for about 6 months, or in the freezer, where they will keep for about 1 year. Cashew butter should always be refrigerated once it is opened.