Many are surprised to learn that cashews sprout from a fruit called the cashew apple. The bright red or yellow, refreshing, juicy fruit resembles an elongated bell pepper and grows on trees in the tropics. The apple from which the nut grows has a short shelf life. Therefore, most people in North America have never seen the fruit.
The harvested nuts are encased by a double shell that contains a similar toxin to the compound in poison ivy. To prepare them for consumption, the nuts are dried and roasted to eliminate the toxic oils. Cashews that are sold as "raw" have typically been treated with steam. Those who are especially allergic to poison ivy should proceed cautiously when purchasing raw cashews. Nevertheless, the steam treatment typically neutralizes the toxic oil.
Although cashews are technically poisonous in the beginning, they are packed with nutrients. These tropical tree nuts have the highest magnesium content among all other tree nuts. They have been linked to lower instances of heart attack and stroke. Their fiber content can help diabetics avoid insulin spikes. Fiber also supports gut health and helps you feel full longer.
We carry roasted cashews with seasonings in several flavors. The Mijou variety has an enjoyable, soft texture. If you have a sweet tooth, you'll want to try Honey Roasted. Those who prefer plain nuts will appreciate our plain salted and unsalted varieties. We also have products from famous nut snack producer Planters.
When you're in the mood for cashews, we have a wide selection of flavors. You can always rest assured our nuts are fresh and only contain high-quality ingredients.