The shell of a cashew is toxic and can kill you- Other interesting facts

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CASHEWS: DID YOU KNOW? Although most people think of a cashew as a nut, it is actually the seed of a cashew fruit. It originates in a kidney-shaped drupe that grows at the end of the “cashew apple,” a large “false fruit” (the pedicel) that resembles a pear or bell pepper and is usually red or yellow. The apple section is edible, but many find it bitter and it is not eaten in most places, though the juice inside is sweet; in some cultures the pulp and juice are made into a fruit drink.

The true fruit at the end of each cashew contains one seed, the cashew nut. Inside the shell layer is a toxic black resin. If the shell is not opened properly, the resin will get on the cashew nut, making it inedible. Processing companies steam the shell open at a high temperature, which destroys the toxin.

One of A Well-Fed World‘s recent grant winners, Trees That Feed Foundation, has been helping families successfully grow cashew trees in Haiti. Cashews are a valuable cash crop, the trees grow quickly, and are drought tolerant. Cashews pack 5 grams of protein per ounce and high levels of the essential minerals iron, magnesium, phosphorus, zinc, copper and manganese. Cashews also have a lower fat content than most other nuts, and most of their fat is the mono-unsaturated, or heart-healthy, kind.

To learn more about some of the amazing plant-based hunger relief programs we sponsor, please visit: http://awfw.org/grants-food/

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