(photo by Eric Gaba – Wikimedia Commons user: Sting)
Cashews are perhaps the most mysterious of all nuts. I mean, look at that thing.
But do you know why you never see a cashew sold in a shell?
Most tree nuts aren’t really “nuts” after all. They’re the kernel of drupes, or stone fruits, that have a fleshy part surrounding a shell with a pit inside.
Peaches, plums, and cherries are also drupes.
Cashews, which originate in Brazil, were brought to India by the Portuguese in the 1500’s. From there, they spread all over Asia and even to Mozambique.
When I lived in Brazil years ago, one of my favorite drinks was “Caju” juice, made from the brightly colored “apple” that grows out of the seed.
That’s where the name Cashew evolved from.
We buy ours from the best sources we can find, currently in India, Ecuador, or Vietnam, depending on crop quality and pricing.
And not only is it one of our favorite nuts -and now our best-selling product - the demand for Cashews is skyrocketing, globally.
Inside that strange, kidney- looking thing that dangles from the apple is the sweet, soft, delicious kernel.
You’d never guess those precious morsels are surrounded by carefully removed toxins underneath that leathery skin, and that’s why you never see cashews sold in a shell like other tree nuts.
So, get ‘em while you can, because they’re on pace to surpass almonds and peanuts as the most popular culinary nut.
If you haven’t tried our Applewood Smoked Cashews, we won an award for the best Paleo-friendly snack this year.
(Be nutty, in Portuguese)