Cashew nuts (Anacardium occidentale) belong to the flowering plant family Anacardiaceae and the genus Anacardium. They are closely related to the mango and the pistachio nut. The nuts are actually the seeds that are found attached to the bottom of the cashew apple (the fruit of the cashew tree). The definition of “raw” for the cashew industry means “not roasted”; cashew-in-shell are either boiled in oil or scorched in fire in order to condition the shell prior to cracking and speed the process. However, during that heating process the cashew degrades significantly and essential fatty acids and enzymes are destroyed. Our cashews are hand-shelled to preserve the vital nutrients, enzymes and essential fatty acids.
Cashews are rich in energy and nutrients, high in protein and rich in Essential Fatty Acids. Healthy Fat
: Cashew nuts have a lower fat content than most other nuts. The fat they do contain is mostly derived from oleic acid, a monounsaturated oil. It is also considered a beauty nutrient. Mineral Rich
: Cashew nuts are very rich source of minerals like manganese, potassium, copper, iron, magnesium, zinc and selenium. Selenium is an important micro-nutrient which functions as co-factor for antioxidant enzymes such as Glutathione peroxidases, one of the most powerful antioxidant in the body. Copper is a co-factor for many vital enzymes, including cytochrome c-oxidase and superoxide dismutase (other minerals function as co-factors for this enzyme are manganese and zinc). Zinc is a co-factor in many enzymes that regulate growth and development, sperm generation, digestion and nucleic acid synthesis. Vitamin Rich
: Cashews are also rich in many essential vitamins such as pantothenic acid (vitamin B5), pyridoxine (vitamin B-6), riboflavin and thiamin (vitamin B-1). These vitamins are essential in the sense that our body requires them from external sources to replenish and essential for metabolism of protein, fat and carbohydrates in the body. Antioxidants
: The nuts are also containing good amount of Zea-xanthin, an important flavonoid antioxidant, which is selectively absorbed into the retinal macula lutea in the eyes. It is thought to provide antioxidant and protective light-filtering functions.Packaging
: 16 oz Resealable Compostable BPA Free Biotrē® Film
- Blend in smoothies.
- Use as a creamy base for raw desserts.
- Eat by the handful.
- Mix with raisins for a delicious pick-me-up.