The cashew is an oily seed extracted from the Western Anacardium, a tropical fruit tree native to Brazil. The spread of this seed in the world is attributable to the Portuguese navigators, who introduced it in India in the 16th century, where the culture soon became fundamental for its inhabitants.
Cashew nuts contain many beneficial substances for our body. These fruits are a good source of B vitamins, essential amino acids and minerals. These seeds also have a high content of antioxidant substances such as zeaxanthin, which is necessary for its preventive action for ocular degeneration due to ageing.
In the kitchen, cashews can be eaten as a snack but also blended to make cashew butter – a light alternative to the more classic peanut butter – easy to prepare at home with just a few ingredients. They also represent excellent substitutes or addition to pine nuts in the preparation of pesto and a tasty element to enrich salads, main courses of meat, soups and veloutés or the muësli for breakfast.