Fun Fact May 8, 2020.
8 May 2020
A question for you today; is a cashew a nut or a seed? The cashew comes from a tropical evergreen tree which produce not only the cashew seed but also the cashew apple. The cashew seed is often considered a nut in the culinary sense; the cashew nut is eaten on its own, used in recipes, or processed into cashew cheese or cashew butter. Like the tree, the nut is often simply called a cashew. The shell of the cashew seed yields derivatives that can be used in many applications including lubricants, waterproofing, and paints. The shell also has a substance that is a skin irritant and is related to the stuff in poison ivy that makes you itch and break out. The cashew apple is a light reddish to yellow fruit, whose pulp can be processed into a sweet, astringent fruit drink or distilled into liquor.