View Full Version : are Whole Foods cashews still live?
01-24-2007, 12:32 PM
Does anyone know if the Whole Foods "raw" cashews sprout after being soaked???? I am trying it myself, but don't know if I am doing it correctly...
01-24-2007, 01:01 PM
Great minds think alike
I have some from Wild oats in water now along with some almonds to see if they are actually raw...We shall see
01-24-2007, 02:20 PM
Apparently cashew are not considered truely raw.
My wife did some research on the 'net and discovered that in order to remove the outer casing of the nut, they have to boiled. Something to do with a toxic outer coating or something. So I suspect they may not sprout.
I could be wrong. Our local organic supermarket does sell them under the label "raw" and they keep them in the fridge.
Either way, I love cashews and won't stop eating them :-)
01-24-2007, 02:44 PM
From what I read on here, it is possible to get raw cashews that are still capable of sprouting.
The cashews which I bought at my Whole Foods merely turned purple. They weren' alive :(
01-24-2007, 03:27 PM
I emailed Nuts on Line and asked them about their raw cashews...waiting to hear back from them...will let you know.
01-26-2007, 12:41 AM
Regarding almonds, I believe they need to be soaked and sprouted while still in the shell. Otherwise, you just soak them and they will get a little nub on the end.
From my contacts with the buyers at Whole Foods, the cashews are boiled in hot oil (while in the shell).
01-26-2007, 01:57 PM
David Wolfe's site has truly raw cashews. There is a lining to the shell which is slightly toxic, so cashews are traditionally boiled to open. These are not.
Item #1088: Nature's First Law is North America's only distributor of organic TRULY RAW CASHEWS! Our cashews, which grow wildly in Indonesia, are harvested and shelled without heating the raw cashew nut. Nature's First Law associates in Indonesia use specially-designed tools to split open each cashew shell by hand, leaving the cashew nut raw and fresh. Whole cashews with bud still intact will sprout and grow.
Two photos from a cashew seedling we planted during the packaging of our cashew nuts can be seen at www.rawfood.com/cashews.html.
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