The cashew tree is native to Brazil’s Amazon rain forest. It spread all over the planet by Portuguese explorers and today, it is cultivated at commercial scale in Brazil, Vietnam, India and in many African countries.
What is cashew nuts?
Cashew tree bears numerous, edible, pear-shaped false fruits or “accessory fruits’” called “cashew apples.” Cashew nut which actually is a “true-fruit”, firmly attaching to a bottom end of cashew-apple, appearing like a clapper in the bell.
Botanically, this tiny, bean-shaped, gray “true fruit” is a drupe, featuring hard outer shell enclosing a single edible kernel known commercially as “cashew nut.”
Cashews are high in calories. 100 g of nuts provide 553 calories. They are packed with soluble dietary fiber, vitamins, minerals and numerous health-promoting phytochemicals that help protect from diseases and cancers. Cashew nuts are abundant sources of essential minerals.
Minerals, especially manganese, potassium, copper, iron, magnesium, zinc, and selenium are concentrated in these nuts. A handful of cashew nuts a day in the diet would provide enough of these minerals and may help prevent deficiency diseases.
Natural Cashews are very tasty and nutritious snack with plenty of health benefits. They are fully loaded with minerals. It helps promote heart health and prevent weight gain and diseases. We make healthier food by putting Cashews in sweets like kheer, halwa , etc and food.