I never knew cashews grew on trees, until my recent trip to Brazil.
The Caju trees are native to the coastal regions of Brazil.
I was so surprised to see how the nut grows on the end of the fruit, called the “Caju” apple.
The juice from the apple is a traditional Brazilian delight, and is made by grinding the fruit in the blender with some ice a to make an amazing healthful refreshing drink!
The “apple” is high in vitamin C, helps to strengthen the immune system.
The juice is also used in preparing sweets, sorbets and liqueurs.
Even the “raw” cashews we get in the store are lightly steamed to neutralize the toxic liquid surrounding the nut.
Cashews are an excellent source of vitamins and minerals like vitamins E, K, B6, copper, phosphorus, magnesium, zinc, selenium, iron and antioxidants.
Polyunsaturated and monounsaturated fats found in cashews and other nuts are valuable to help manage your weight and reduce the build-up of fat and cholesterol thus protecting the heart. The fats found in cashews are also high in Vitamin E which is a powerful antioxidant that encourages cell growth.
Cashews may be beneficial to help protect against heart disease, cancer, lowering blood pressure, improving eye sight, weightloss, and helps to prevent diabetes. The copper and iron work together in helping the body form and use red blood cells which then keeps blood vessels the immune system, nerves and bones healthy.
The cashew leaves have been used traditionally in healing wounds.
Although it can cause skin irritations, the peel of the cashew has been used in the treatment of cold sores and throat infections.
The wood of the cashew tree is valuable for use in construction and carpentry.
Indulge, Enjoy and Elevate your Health!