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15 Fun Facts About Cashews

Posted on May 24th, 2022
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Written By Sam Henselijn

Are you interested to know 15 fun facts about cashews? The cashew is a nut that grows at the end of the apple and is shaped like a boxing glove. You can purchase cashews raw or roasted, salted or unsalted if required. You can try L’Orenta’s roasted and salted cashews for a taste of authentic roasted and salted cashews. Unlike other nuts, cashews grow on the outside of the apple, hanging from the bottom. The cashew apple is a fruit that grows on the cashew tree, which is found in northeastern Brazil.

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15 fun facts about cashews

Fun facts 1

The tree, which is native to northern Brazil, was brought to India by Portuguese sailors between 1560 and 1565.

Fun facts 2

The informal term for the nut is caju, which is derived from the

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Portuguese name. It receives its English name from “caju,” the Portuguese term for the cashew tree’s fruit, which is derived from the Tupian word “acaju,” which means “self-producing nut.”

Fun facts 3

The United States consumes over 90% of the world’s cashew harvest. Cashews are primarily used as a high-end snack in their countries due to their rich buttery flavor.

Fun facts 4

Nigeria was the top cashew nut producer in 2010,  producing 650,000 tonnes.

Fun facts 5

The dry and rainy tropics are perfect for cultivating cashew trees. The optimal temperature during the day is 77°F, and the temperature at night should not fall below 50°F.

Fun facts 6

Cashew nuts are typically eaten “raw,” which implies they’ve been

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heat-treated, roasted, salted, and used as a spread or in salads. Cashews are widely utilized in Asian cuisine, particularly in South and Southeast Asia. They’re a common element in many southern Indian chicken and vegetarian recipes.

Fun facts 7

A kidney-shaped drupe emerges at the end of the cashew apple and is the real fruit of the cashew tree. The pedicel extends to create the cashew apple once the fruit develops on the tree. A single seed, sometimes referred to as a nut in the culinary sense, is contained within the tree fruit. Cashew trees flower during the dry season (winter) and can be harvested a few months later.

Fun facts 8

The cashew apple will be a lovely red hue (occasionally pink or yellow) and the nutshell will turn dark grey when the nut is ready to be harvested. When the fruit falls from the tree, it is clear that it is ready to be picked.

Fun facts 9

The cashew tree is a member of the Anacardiaceae family, often known as the Sumac family, and grows to reach 32 to 50 feet tall on average.

Fun facts 10

Because cashews are covered by a poisonous oil comparable to anacardic acid or urushiol that can irritate the skin, they are always roasted, boiled, or steamed before being deshelled. Cashews are high in dietary iron, which is necessary for transporting oxygen throughout the body and supporting enzyme and immune system function.

Fun facts 11

Before being roasted, cashews are usually a shade of green. The

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cashew apple can be eaten raw, cooked in curries, fermented into vinegar, or fermented into an alcoholic beverage. In some countries, including India and Brazil, it’s also used to make preserves, chutneys, and jams.

Fun facts 12

Avoid cashews if you have gallbladder problems or kidney stones since they contain oxalates, which can aggravate your condition. But copper is abundant in them, which aids in the metabolism of iron, the creation of red blood cells, and the maintenance of bones and the immune system. It’s also essential for the body’s neurological and skeletal systems.

Fun facts 13

Cashew butter and cheese can be made from cashews. Cashew tree leaves or bark can be put into a beverage to treat diarrhea in traditional Mayan medicine.

Fun facts 14

Cashews are high in protein and include vital elements such as copper, calcium, magnesium, iron, phosphorus, potassium, and zinc. Vitamin C, vitamin B1, vitamin B2, vitamin B3, vitamin B6, folate, vitamin E, and vitamin K are also present. Cashews also contain a significant amount of oleic acid, an omega-9 fatty acid.

Fun facts 15

The nut’s shell can be used to make lubricants, waterproofing, and weapons. The cashew seed shell can be utilized for various purposes, including lubricants, waterproofing, paints, and the construction of armaments, which began during World War II.

So there you have it: 15 fun facts about cashews. Cashews are good for your metabolism and can act as a catalyst in your daily delicious recipe! In addition, we now know several interesting facts regarding cashews. Make sure to incorporate our cashew from L’Orento into your diet. Eat a balanced diet!

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