Cashews are the kidney-shaped seeds that grow inside a cashew apple which is also known as a drupe. The cashew fruit has two distinct parts: the fleshy pear-shaped stalk or stem known as the cashew-apple, two to four inches in length and the heart-shaped nut, the true fruit, about an inch in length that is attached to the lower end of the apple. Cashew in its natural form is a soft, white and a meaty kernel. Cashews are usually classified as nuts because they possess many of the similar physical and nutritional characteristics as that of true nuts. Cashews are native to Brazil but today India is the world's largest producer as well as consumer of cashews.They are available in market as whole, powdered form, roasted or even fried and salty form.
Check to make sure there is no evidence of moisture or insects. Buy shelled nuts that feature bright cream-white, compact, uniform and feel heavy in hand. They should be free from cracks, mold, and spots and free of rancid smell.
Cashew nut allergy is a common hypersensitivity condition in some individuals, especially in the children. The reaction symptoms may range from simple skin itching (hives) to severe form of anaphylaxis. (3)
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