The cashew nut grows on as flowering plant called the cashew tree, and is native to Brazil. The cashew apple, which appears to be the fruit of the cashew tree is actually the false fruit; it is eaten raw or used in the production of a variety of food and beverages. While not apppreciated in the United states, the cashews apple is considered a delicacy of Brazil and the Carribean. The true fruit of the cashew tree is kidney shaped and grows at the end of the cashew apple. Within the true fruit is a seed, and this is the cashew nut.
Cashews are one of the favorite nuts on which to snack, and they are quite healthful. Cashew nuts are high in oleic acid, which is the same health mono-unsaturated fat found in olive oil - it promotes good cardiovascular health. Cashews are also a good source of copper, magnesium and zinc which is good for your skin and hair. Cashews help prevent cancer and promotes healthy and strong bones.
So grab a handful of cashews, add this flavorful nut to a salad, use it as an ingredient in a recipe, or indulge in cashew butter, and lose the guilt.