Cashew fruit – healthy option beyond the nut

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Cashew fruit – understand the “nut” and “pulp” fruit

Cashew fruit is harvested from 6 to 14-meter-tall cashew trees. Anacardium occidentale, from the same Anacardiaceae plant family as Mango  is native from Central and northern South America regions, and the Caribbean Islands as well. Cashew fruit name comes from local indigenous tribe language “yu”, which means yellow. Although worldly spread by Portuguese from Brazil, currently, Vietnam, India and Côte d’Ivoire account for almost 60% of world 4 million tons Cashew fruit production (FAOSTAT, January 2019)

Cashew fruit is considered a false fruit or accessory fruit (pseudocarp). It has a rich fleshy and succulent pulp, presenting a red and yellow tone color. The pulp, with a delicious sweet lightly acid flavor, is used for sweet dessert preparations and beverages. The cashew nut is the “real fruit” and is well known to produce cashew nuts or peanuts.

Full of minerals

The fruit are rich in Vitamins C and B1, full of minerals (calcium, magnesium, phosphorus, potassium, coper and iron). Hence, Cashew is considered by Embrapa (Brazilian government agricultural research center) and WHO (World Health Organization) produces healthy benefits related to blood regulation and bone strengthen, bowel movements regulation and immunity boost.

Cashew nuts or peanuts are rich in Complex B Vitamins, Vitamin E and Vitamin K. Contains amino acids and minerals (selenium, phosphorous, manganese, zinc and potassium); and also, lutein and zeaxanthin. 

Cashew fruit – a healthy nut snack, milk, butter, sauce, juice and/or dessert option

According to Google Trends Australia, Cashew is the word most often used in search parameters in Australia related to the Cashew fruit. It presented a stable search volume in the last 12 months but with high interest over time (between 75-100, top quartile of word relevance search for google)

Currently, Australians are searching Cashew usage as a healthy option for sauces (like pesto) and beverages (like milk). It is a well-known fruit and can be explored as a healthy ingredient for new healthy food option menu cashew fruit based: juices, vitamins, mousses, cakes, ice cream complementing usage for sauce or cashew nut consumption.

Using the pulp, you can save time and money for juices and sauces preparation. Easy to storage and easy to use. With a little bit more “cuisine knowledge and curiosity”, you can use the fruit fresh or pulp to produce delicious cakes, mousses, jams, ice creams and other delicious sweet healthy based desserts. 

Complement your menu by adding cashew fruit pulp based prepared healthy meals and beverages, not just the famous cashew nut. 

Sometimes the fruit can produce allergic reactions. In case of any doubts, always consult your physician.

A curious fact about Cashew: the largest Cashew tree is located in Parnamirim city, 12 kilometers south of Rio Grande do Norte’s state capital Natal. Supposed to be planted local fisherman in 1888, this tree covers 7,500 m2 of area (81,000 sq ft).