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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.