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Where Do Cashews Come From? (I had no idea!)

Discussion in 'GENERAL DISCUSSION' started by Sookie, Mar 16, 2014.

  1. Sookie

    Sookie Mother of Cats

    Where Do Cashews Come From?                                                       [​IMG]Ever wonder where cashews come from?You might think they grow inside a shell like any other nut, but there true origins are far more bizarre.First of all, cashews are not actually nuts, but rather fruits from the cashew tree, a large evergreen treeThat thrives in tropical climates. The tree produces red flower, which in turn produce yellow and red ovalStructures resembling apples.These so-called cashew apples are very juicy and pulpy, and their juice is often added to tropical fruit drinks.However, cashew apples are not actually fruits in a scientific sense; the real fruit of the cashew treeIs the kidney-shaped formation growing at the end.These fruits, also called drupes, are harvested and become what we know as a cashew nut.In their raw form, the other layer of the fruit contains multiple toxins, including anacardic acid,A powerful skin irritant similar to the toxin found in poison ivy that must be removed prior to eating.Roasting the cashews destroys the toxins, but roasting must be preformed carefully outdoors becauseThe smoke can irritate the lungs, sometimes to a life-threatening degree.When they are roasted cashews change from their natural greenish-gray colorTo the light brown nut sold in stores.   Next time you crack open a tin of cashews, take a moment to appreciate theLong journey those little c-shaped nuts took from the tree to your table!With all that said, How on earth did people figure out that you had to do so much to this to make it edible? Whoever they were they were VERY determined to keep trying. Also what is done with the other part? The apple looking part? [​IMG] <a href="https://www.facebook.com/#" title="Like this"> </a>
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  2. Mben

    Mben No Deposit Forum Admin Staff Member

     I think this about a lot of food that we eat. How on earth did people figure out that whatever it happened to be was edible. Were they like the Life cereal Mikey commercial ... I'm not gonna try it, you try it. hahaha
  3. jewelnurse

    jewelnurse WELL KNOWN MEMBER

    Great article thanks.
  4. Sookie

    Sookie Mother of Cats

     Happy to hear you liked it :nod:

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