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A well-travelled nut! Originally from Brazil, the Cashew could be found growing in India by the mid-16th century, making its way to South East Asia and Africa by the end of the century, ending up in Australia and North America. Most of the Cashew production today comes from Nigeria, followed by India, Ivory Coast and Vietnam.
Cashews are a seed grown on the outside of the Cashew Apple – which is actually pear shaped. The Cashew nuts are separated from the fruit by hand and sold to producers for processing. The fruit has many uses including pulping to make a tropical fruit drink, canned, turned into jam and even turned into alcohol!
You’ll never see a Cashew sold in its shell as it contains a naturally occurring caustic acid called Cardol. Cardol is used in paint, varnish and rocket lubricant amongst many other things.
Did you know that the Cashew is related to the Mango and Pistachio?
Like fruit and vegetables, Cashews are packed with vitamins, minerals, antioxidants and phytochemicals – in other words, they are good for you!
Enjoy our Cashews in cooking and baking, sprinkled over your favourite salad or stir fry or a simple handful as a delicious snack.
The Natural Grocer offers Cashews in a number of pack sizes in the following varieties: Raw, roasted, dry roasted and salted.