Melrose Spread Cashew

Melrose Spread Cashew

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Cashew (Bertholletia excelsa)
Cashew (Anacardium occidental)

The Cashew tree is indigenous to the West Indies, Central America, Peru and Brazil. The Portuguese transplanted it to the East Indies as early as the 16th century, and it was later established on the eastern coast of Africa. Today, the leading cashew producing countries are India, Brazil, Nigeria and Mozambique.

The cashew tree grows up to 15 metres in height and has a thick and tortuous trunk and branches so winding that they frequently reach the ground. The cashew tree produces many resources and products.

The bark and leaves of the tree are used medicinally, the cashew nut has international appeal and market value as a food, and even the shell around the nut is used medicinally and has industrial applications in the plastics and resin industries for its phenol content.

The cashew nut grows in its own kidney shaped hard shell as the end of a pseudo-fruit or "cashew fruit or apple". The nut kernel inside is covered with an inner shell and between the two shells is a thick caustic toxic oil called "cardol" which will raise blisters on the skin. Cashew nuts must be cleaned to remove the cardol and then roasted to remove toxins before they can be eaten.

Cashews (100%)
Lightly Roasted

May contain traces of peanuts and other tree nuts

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