Truly raw, Certified Organic kosher cashews from Indonesia. Most cashews are heated in the shelling process, so it is rare to find some that have not been. These cashews have been hand cracked and cold processed using the "Flores" hand cracking method, the only shelling method that does not use heat. Recent studies have shown that compared to conventional shelling methods, the "Flores" hand cracking method preserves significantly more beta-carotene, vitamin E, unsaturated fatty acids and thiamin.
The process of farming and harvesting cashews can be quite harrowing for many people. Because of this, we pay more for our cashews so that we know that the workers have been fairly paid. "Organic" doesn't mean that the people harvesting your nuts were treated well, but we ensure that is the case by purchasing our nuts from a place that gives back to the community, treats its workers well, and has respect for the land that the trees grow on.
Cashews are naturally sweet and you can really taste the freshness with ours. We keep them refrigerated (and so should you!) to maintain their freshness. Cashews have a real creaminess to them and so easily replace milk or cream in recipes or for your coffee/tea.
These cashews make deliciously creamy nut milk, nut butter, cashew cheese, thickener in curries and soups and can even be used to top desserts like a cream. They are also often used whole in salads, curries and stir-fries.
Cashew Creamsicle (popsicle) here
Cashew Cream - coffee cream alternative here
Lemon Parsley Cashew Dip here
Cashew & Beet Dip here
Cashew butter here
Cashews have less fat than most nuts and 82% of it is unsaturated. Its high oleic acid levels and high antioxidant content makes it excellent for heart health and has been shown to lower blood triglycerides.
1/4 cup of cashews has 98% of the DRI for copper, a seemingly unusual thing to want, but copper is an essential part of enzymes, skin collagen and elastin, bone health, the reduction of free radicals and energy production.
The proanthocyanidins found in cashews have been shown to starve tumours and stop cancer cell division.
Cashews are a great source of magnesium which helps with bone health and relaxation - especially for those who struggle with sleeping. They are also a good source of manganese, phosphorus and zinc.
At 22, they are a bit higher on the GI than most nuts, but still low compared to most foods.
Studies show improved weight management and lowered risk of coronary heart disease with eating nuts regularly as apposed to weight gain. 1 oz (~17 kernels) has 180 calories, 14 g of fat, 5 g of protein, 8 g of carbohydrates and 2 g of fibre.
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Have you ever seen a cashew in the shell? The reason you haven't is because the cashew is related to the poison ivy family and the shell has a powerful toxic residue that shouldn't be touched.
This tropical 'nut' is actually a seed botanically and grows with a large fruit called a 'cashew apple' (see pictures above). This fruit is edible and often made into a drink, jam or fermented into an alcohol. It is originally from Brazil but now grows all over the world in tropical climates.
Traditionally, many parts of the cashew plant have been used for things like snakebites, as moisturizer, as an anti-fungal and even to help with diarrhea.
The cashew is a close relative of the mango and pistachio and those flavours are often detected in a cashew's fruit.
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Bioactive Compounds in Cashew Nut Kernels: Effect of Different Shelling Methods https://www.researchgate.net/publication/43132916_Bioactive_Compounds_in_Cashew_Nut_Anacardium_occidentale_L_Kernels_Effect_of_Different_Shelling_Methods
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