Cashew nuts are delicately sweet yet crunchy. This delicious dry fruit is packed with antioxidants, vitamins, minerals and energy. This dry fruit was native to the Brazilian Amazon rain forest and was spread worldwide by the Portuguese explorers who called it “caju”. Nowadays, it is commercially cultivated in Vietnam, Brazil and India apart from several African countries.
Cashew nuts are usually an inch long and ½ an inch in diameter. They are bean shaped with a smooth curvy tip. These nuts when plucked from the tree have an exterior shell which has a potent skin toxin. This shell is roasted to destroy the toxin after which the cashew kernel can be extracted. They have a buttery texture and a sweet aroma.
Benefits of Cashew Nuts
They are high-calorie nuts and are packed with health promoting phytochemicals, which help in preventing cancers and diseases. Cashew nuts are rich in monounsaturated fatty acids like palmitoleic and oleic acids, which are said to be heart friendly. They help in reducing the amount of bad cholesterol (LDL) while increasing levels of good cholesterol (HDL).
Cashew nuts are also rich in minerals, especially potassium, manganese, iron, copper and selenium. A handful of these nuts a day can provide enough of these minerals to help in preventing the deficiency diseases. Selenium, Copper and Zinc also work as co-factor for enzymes, which help in regulating various functions within the body like digestion, growth and development.
They are rich in some essential vitamins like B5, B6 and B1. 100g of cashew nuts provide nearly 32% of the daily needed levels of pyridoxine, which helps in reducing the risk of sideroblastic anemia and homocystinuria. In addition, the mentioned vitamins are required for metabolism of fat, protein and carbohydrates at a cellular level. These nuts also contain small amounts of zea-xanthin, which helps in preventing ARMD in the elderly.
They are easily available during the year. Usually in the stores only the kernels are sold as the shell has a potent skin irritant. Cashew nuts are available in different forms (salted, raw or sweetened). Good-quality nuts are of bright cream-white color, uniform in size, compact and must feel heavy when held in hand. They must not have cracks or spots and should be free from any rancid smell. They can last 5-6 months if stored in ideal conditions.
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