Native to Brazil's Amazonian Rainforest, the cashew tree was naturalised around the world by Portuguese explorers who were especially fond of its delicious nuts. Botanically, the tiny, bean shaped, gray “true fruit” is a drupe, featuring hard outer shell enclosing a single edible kernel known as the “cashew nut.” This creamy white kernel has a firm yet crunchy texture and a sweet, buttery taste.
In addition to the deliciousness of this nut, there are many health benefits due to its rich nutritional content. It is loaded with essential minerals, B vitamins and vitamin E as well as heart healthy monounsaturated fatty acids. Oleic acid, also found in olive oil, accounts for roughly 65 percent of the fatty acids in cashews and is a major factor in their heart-healthy reputation.
There are numerous ways to enjoy this small yet mighty nut. There is much evidence to support that including nuts as part of a healthy, balanced diet can provide many benefits.