Cashew nutsAnacardium occidentale, known commonly as the cashew tree, is native to the Amazon region and north-eastern Brazil. Its seeds, cashew nuts or simply cashews, are rich in minerals and a valuable source of vitamin B.
- Cashews are rich in selenium, an antioxidant that helps with cell maintenance.
- They are a source of magnesium, recommended for properly absorbing calcium.
- They contain unsaturated fatty acids (oleic acid and linoleic acid).
- They are a valuable source of B vitamins, especially B1, B2 and B5, which help the body function.
- They are rich in minerals, particularly potassium, calcium, iron and phosphorus.
- Food: Cashews are mainly used as a salty, fried or roasted appetiser or snack. They are also used as an ingredient in cooking and baking. They can be eaten as a fruit or dessert and can be processed in juices, wines, vinegars, gelatin and jellies or roasted with honey.
- Beauty: The oil extracted from cashews is used in cosmetics, mainly because of its high vitamin content and its nutritional and protective properties. These properties make it an ideal ingredient in formulas for anti-wrinkle and moisturising creams.