species of plant

The cashew is a tropical tree in the flowering plant. The plant is native to northeastern Brazil. It is now widely grown in tropical climates for its cashew nuts (see below) and cashew apples.[1]

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Cashews ready for harvest in Guinea-Bissau
Scientific classification
A. occidentale
Binomial name
Anacardium occidentale

Cashew nutEdit

Cashew nuts, salted

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.[2]

Cashews can also be used to make cashew butter.[3]

Because the shell of the cashew nut is toxic, it is removed before it is sold to consumers.[4]


  1. "What a cashew nut looks like: useful properties and harm".
  2. Harold McGee (2004). On food and cooking (see nuts and other oil-rich seeds chapter). Scribner. ISBN 978-0-684-80001-1.
  3. "From Fat Burning to Cancer Protecting--Which Nut Butter is Best for You? | Care2 Healthy Living". 2013-07-05. Archived from the original on 2013-07-05. Retrieved 2021-07-07.
  4. "Glossary C-G -". Retrieved 2021-07-20.