Organic Cashew Nuts

The flowering tree, cashew, is called Anacardiaceae. This plant grows in northeastern Brazil. However, it has been spread to tropical climates nowadays as cashew "nuts" and cashew apples. The small evergreen tree has a short trunk. The spirally arranged leaves have leathery textured. The shape is from elliptic to obovate with a smooth margin. The flowers are in the shape of panicle or corymb. Besides, the small flowers are pale green at the beginning and then change to reddish. There are five slender and acute petals.

The kidney shaped drupe is the ture fruit of the cashew tree. It grows at the end of the pseudofruit. Actually, at the beginning, the drupe grows on the tree and then the peduncle spreads to the pseudofruit. There is a single seed, the cashew nut, in the true fruit. The cashew nuts can be eaten as snack. Lightly salted, they can be taken as they are owing to their tasty flavor.

Like other nuts, Cashew nuts also have high content of protein and fiber. The great deal of mono-unsaturated fat in cashew nuts can help to protect our hearts. There are still rich potassium, B vitamins and folate in cashew nuts, which contain useful amounts of magnesium, phosphorous, selenium and copper.

Typical Nutritional Values per 100g: Cashews have 18g of protein and a good amount minerals including Selenium::

  • Calcium 37.0 mg
  • Iron 6.7 mg
  • Magnesium 292 mg
  • Phosphorus 593 mg
  • Potassium 660 mg
  • Sodium 12.0 mg
  • Zinc 5.8 mg
  • Copper 2.2 mg
  • Manganese 1.7 mg
  • Selenium 19.9 mcg

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