These kidney shaped beans are found mostly in delicious delicacies like always- favourite halwa, ladoo, payasam, kaju katli, kesari and also added in mouth savouring recipes like briyani and yummy cashew mushroom. They are also added as a main ingredient in chicken, prawn and paneer gravies. My stomach is beginning to craving for it:(
Coming back to the article, after a dreamy imagination of all the cashew chicken dishes, let’s know where it comes of from? Well, why did you need to know? It’s not something which appeared in the planet from nowhere right? Not nowhere,but they grow from strange apples.
Have you seen it? Here’s a picture!
In some places, these apples are eaten as a snack and also dipped in wine. I have tasted it! My grandma bought them in markets for the first time and in a millisecond, the picture of the fruity cashew nuts goes through my eyes to hit my naughty medulla oblongata which sends neurotransmitters to the glands to produce salivation. Sorry for the long description! let’s jump to the topic straight now!
Cashew nuts are native to Brazil but grown all over the world. Porteguese colonist begin exporting cashew nuts since 1550s. In 2017, Vietnam, India and ivory are the major producers across the globe!
Cashew trees are large and evergreen growing up to 14 m. The leaves are spirally arranged, leathery textured with smooth margins.The drupe develops first and then the pedical starts to expanding which forms the cashew apple.
The true fruit contains a single seed which is often considered as a nut in culinary sense. My uncle is working in a cashew nut firm in South Africa and I ask him about the manufacturing process.
The raw cashew nuts are brought from the farmers and dried under the sun.
This cashew nuts and undergo a four step process which involves
- Steam roasting-the cashew nuts contain oil which is not good for human consumption. By steam roasting the outer shell of a cashew nuts are removed and produce edible cashew kernels.
- Peeling– The inner shell of the kernel is removed so as to produce the white nut. There, then send to grading department.
- Grading – This is done to sortout the half pieces and whole pieces of cashew. This sorts out the size, colour and texture of different nuts.
- Packing – These best quality nuts are then packed and traded across different countries. And here we are, scrolling down our mobile to purchase the nuts! Life is easy going right?
My uncle is working in a cashew firm in South Africa and he told that the wasted kernels of cashew are even used as a by product in majority parts of southern India. But it is not that good which can also cause air pollution.
1. Nature And Taste
Cashew nuts have a rich and buttery flavour and a slightly salty taste. It is a popular nut that can be roasted along with meat and also be added in creamy darky melting chocolates which adds extra super duper flavour to it!
Not only the nuts are packed with heart-healthy fats and essential nutrients. The texture of cashew nuts are spongy yet firm. These appearance make it as a major ingredient in vegan dishes like cashew briyani, cakes and sweets.
Healthy Benefits of Cashew Nuts
1. Improves Bone Health
Cashew nuts are a rich source of calcium and magnesium which improves bone health.This loaded source of minerals helps to reduce the risk of osteoporosis and turnout brittle bones.
2. Better Sleep
With a good source of magnesium inside, cashews consumed daily night promote a good sleep with beautiful dreams. Magnesium content helps to relax your mind and body.
3. Good for Heart
The unsaturated and polyunsaturated fats found in cashew help to reduce low density cholesterol.
FDA claims that eating 1.5 oz of nuts per day(especially in nuts which are low in saturated fat) reduce the risk of developing dangerous cardiovascular diseases.
Magnesium is present in cashews which play 300 enzymatic reactions in our body. It is necessary for muscle functioning and neuromuscular transmission.
4. Prevents Anemia
Cashews contains dietary iron which is vital for carrying oxygen to the vital organs. Iron deficiency leads to anemia, fatigue and increased susceptibility of infections. This in turn help to keep your blood vessels, bones and muscles healthy!
5. Good for Eyes!
Cashews contain high levels called lutein and zeaxanthin. These are antioxidants which protects our eye from the type of damage that can lead to blindness. They decreases the risk of cataracts.
Caution to Note
- Cashews are not preferred for diabetic patients since they affect blood sugar levels adversely.
- Some people may develop allergy to nuts which may cause symptoms like sneezing, runny nose, nasal congestion and itchiness. It also leads to a serious reaction like anaphylaxis which is life threatening.
- They should be eaten in moderation.Over consumption is not good as it can develop serious complications.
Now standard cold pressed oils brings 100% best quality nuts to your doorstep which makes your life more easier. Our nuts are fully under observation until ripening process and sun dried, peeled and graded.
No preservatives added to make them shinier like all the foreign trade markets do. Now what are you thinking for?
Purchase them, taste them and keep purchasing them. It will definitely give you a satisfactory results since since pleasing customers are our main job. Stay healthy and keep your surroundings healthy!
Originally posted 2020-02-02 23:20:25.