|Cashews ready for harvest in Guinea-Bissau|
Cashew nuts are a popular snack and food source. Cashews, unlike other oily tree nuts, contain starch to about 10% of their weight. This makes them more effective than other nuts in thickening water-based dishes such as soups, meat stews, and some Indian milk-based desserts. Many southeast Asian and south Asian cuisines use cashews for this unusual characteristic, rather than other nuts.
Because the shell of the cashew nut is toxic, it is removed before it is sold to consumers.
- Harold McGee (2004). On food and cooking (see nuts and other oil-rich seeds chapter). Scribner. ISBN 978-0-684-80001-1.