Cashew Nuts

TYPES

WW, SW, DW, WP, SP, DP, LWP

VARIETIES

Madakkathara, Dhana, CCP 06, Goa, VND1.

SIZES

180, 240, 320, 450, Splits, Bits

FORMATS

25 lb boxes

Cashew nuts, those delicious creamy nuts that we all know and love, have a fascinating history dating back to ancient times. Originally from South America, cashew nuts have travelled through time and space, leaving their mark in different cultures and cuisines around the world.

South American Origins

Cashew nuts (Anacardium occidentale) are native to Brazil’s coastal region. The local indigenous people used to eat them centuries ago, not only because of their delicious taste, but also because of their nutritional properties. The ease at which cashews adapted to different climates contributed to their proliferation throughout Latin America.

Journey to Africa and Asia:

During cross-Atlantic trade, the Portuguese colonisers took cashews to Africa and Asia where they found an ideal home for them in the tropical climates. Not only did they prosper in those new environments, but they also became a staple part of many local cuisines.

Rather curiously, the cashew tree not only produces the nuts, but also an accessory fruit. The nut that we are so familiar with is the seed of the fleshy cashew apple which develops outside of the true fruit. This unique phenomenon contributes to the singularity of cashews in the world of nuts.

Change of name and Worldwide Popularity:

As cashews became more widely known around the world, they also acquired different names in different languages. The word “cashew” comes from the Portuguese word “caju”, which in turn has its roots in the Tupi-Guarani word “acajú”. This tropical seed not only became popular the world over as a delicacy, but also as a valuable source of nutrients.

Cashews in Global Cuisine:

Cashews comprise one of the fundamental ingredients in the cuisine of different cultures today. From creamy sauces to delicious curries, cashews are uniquely versatile in cuisine. Furthermore, cashew butter has become a popular, healthy alternative to other traditional nut butters.

 

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