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The US Consumes 90% Of The World’s Cashews

A favorite snacking and party nut is recognized each year on November 23 during National Cashew Day.

The cashew nut is a seed harvested from the cashew tree. Northeastern Brazil was the original native home to the cashew tree. However, it is now widely grown in tropical climates for its cashew apples and nuts.

The largest cashew tree in the world covers about 81,000 sq. ft. and is located in Natal, Rio Grande do Norte, Brazil. To put that into perspective that’s a tree that covers 1.8 acres, or nearly 70 times that of a normal cashew tree.

  • The cashew tree has a fruit called the “cashew apple”.  Its fragile skin makes it unsuitable for transport.
  • Latin Americans make a fruit drink from the cashew apple.
  • The Cashew causes fewer allergic reactions than other nuts or peanuts.
  • Although native to northeast Brazil, the Portuguese took the cashew plant to Goa, India, between 1560 and 1565.  From Goa, it spread throughout Southeast Asia and eventually Africa.
  • Speaking of the shell, the Cashew is not a true nut.  They do not develop a hard wall around the seed like a hazelnut or walnut does. Cashews instead have a lining around the seed that is filled with a caustic fluid.
  • Cashews are an excellent source of antioxidants.
  • Many parts of the plant are used for medicinal purposes.
  • The United States consumes over 90% of the world’s cashew crop.
  • The colloquial name for the cashew nut comes from the Portuguese name for the nut, caju.
  • Cashews are in the same family as poison ivy and poison sumac, and that’s why cashews are never sold in their shells.
  • Oil from cashew nut shells is used in insecticides, brake linings, and rubber and plastic manufacture. The milky sap from the tree is used to make a varnish.
  • There are 8 people in the U.S. listed on whitepages.com with the last name ‘Cashew’
  • In Western countries cashews are eaten mainly as a premium-quality snack food. They have a rich, buttery taste.
  • The so-called “raw cashews” available in health food shops have been cooked but not roasted or browned.
  • The starch content of cashew nuts is about 23%, which is a lot higher than most other nuts and makes them suitable for thickening sauces
  • In traditional Mayan medicine, the leaves or bark of cashew trees can be made into a tea that treats diarrhea.


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