The cashew tree (Anacardium occidentale) is a tropical evergreen tree that produces the cashew seed (what is called as cashew nut) and the cashew apple. Cashew nuts are more popular than cashew apples in many parts of the world that do not grow cashews, because the fruit, unlike the nut, is difficult to transport. Cashew nuts are commonly used in Indian cuisine, whole for garnishing sweets or curries, or ground into a paste that forms a base of sauces for curries (e.g., korma), or some sweets (e.g., Kaju barfi). It is also used in powdered form in the preparation of several Indian sweets and desserts. 100gms of cashew nuts contribute about 600 calories.
- People consuming nuts on a moderate and regular basis lose weight faster. Moreover, nuts like cashews are packed with Omega 3 fatty acids that contribute to giving a boost to the metabolic process to burn excess fat.
- According to studies, cashew nuts have a great percentage of dietary fibers. The two essential dietary fibers required by our body are oleic acid and palmitic acid. “These fibers are not produced by our body hence they need to be consumed externally. Cashew nuts are good sources of these fibers. Dietary fibers help digest food better.
- Cashews contain a lot of vitamins and nutrients, but they also contain a lot of fat. The good news is that these fats are mostly monounsaturated and polyunsaturated. When substituted for saturated fats and eaten in moderation, mono- and polyunsaturated fats can help improve heart disease as well as reduce the risk of stroke and prevent weight gain.
- Storage: Store cashews in a cool, dry place in an airtight container to avoid absorption of other food odors. Refrigeration is required to ensure quality. Cashews may also be frozen up to 1 year.