The cashew nut is native of North-east Brazil. During the 16th century, the Portuguese introduced it into India and Portuguese colonies in Africa such as Mozambique. From India, cashew trees spread all over South-east Asia.

The cashew is cultivated primarily in India, Vietnam, Côte d’Ivoire, Tanzania and other countries in East and West Africa, Brazil and South East Asia.


Cashew Apple

The cashew nut hangs outside and under a fleshy, edible, false fruit called the cashew apple, also known as the Marañón in Central America. Once ripened, the cashew apple (which can be apple or pear shaped) can be yellow, red, orange or pink. The apple can be eaten fresh or made into juice, and can be distilled to produce alcoholic drinks


Cashews are mostly consumed as a snack, raw, roasted, salted or flavored, in baked goods and confectionary. Cashews are also used as an ingredient in Indian sweets, savories and cooking.


The cashew tree does not require extensive irrigation or water-usage; it is environmentally friendly as the trees can grow in poor soils and dry climatic conditions. It is widely used in afforestation programs as it requires almost no maintenance.


Cashew Origins



Where are cashews native from?

Correct! Wrong!

Correct answer: d) The Cashew nut is native to Northeastern Brazil. During the 16th century, the Portuguese introduced it into India and Portuguese colonies in Africa. From India, it spread all over Southeastern Asia.

Coming from the same botanical family as pistachios and mangos is which fruit?

Correct! Wrong!

Correct answer: a) Cashew. Anacardium occidentale L. belongs to the Anacardiaceae family, which includes mango (Mangifera indica L.) and pistachio (Pistacia vera L.) among 400 species.


Oatmeal Cashew Muffins

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Why Eat Cashews

Cashews may help improve your overall health. Cashews are low in sugar and rich in fiber, heart-healthy fats, and plant protein. They’re also a good source of copper, magnesium, and manganese — nutrients important for energy production, brain health, immunity, and bone health.

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New Study Reinforces Cashew Nutritional Quality

For the first time, a team of researchers has analyzed the nutritional composition of raw cashew nuts from the largest growing regions around the world, providing a much better approximation of the real nutrient content of cashews.

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How many cashews should I eat per day?

18 cashews (28.35 g) make up the recommended daily allowance.

How can I find out if I’m allergic to nuts?

Skin-prick tests and/or blood tests are the most reliable tools to determine the presence of allergen-specific immunoglobulin E, an antibody that binds to allergens and triggers the release of chemicals that cause the symptoms. If those tests are inconclusive, the allergist or immunologist may order an oral food test to see how the organism reacts to the suspected allergy-causing food1.

1.    Nuts for Life. (2006). Nuts and Allergy.

What are the health benefits of cashews?

Cashews are high in vitamin K and minerals such as iron, magnesium, phosphorus, zinc, manganese and copper. They are also a source of fiber, thiamin, pantothenic acid and minerals as potassium and selenium. Iron may help contribute to the normal function of the immune system whilst vitamin K contributes to normal blood clotting and healthy bones.