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05-02-2005, 12:57 PM
Cashews are not nuts. They're the seeds of the cashew apple.
05-02-2005, 01:03 PM
Yep! You're right. Here is an excerpt and a link to an article about this for more information to those who may not know this:
...Cashew trees produce both a fruit ("apple") and a nut, and a valuable oil can be drawn from the nut shell. After the cashew flower blooms, a nut forms. The apple later swells between the nut shell and the stem. It takes two months for the cashew apple to ripen. When harvested, the apple can only keep for twenty-four hours before it begins to ferment. Although the fruit can be used for making many typical fruit products (jellies, jams, juice, wine and liquor), the apple is often discarded, in pursuit of the nut. If processed and stored properly, the cashew nut can be kept for a year or longer. Technically, the actual nut is the thick-shelled seed. The outer shell (coat) of the seed contains the poison oak allergen urushiol, and may cause dermatitis in hypersensitive people.
05-02-2005, 07:37 PM
Wow, didn't know that! I'd read about the outer shell being poisonous, but I must have missed the 'apple' part. Thanks! ;)
05-02-2005, 11:32 PM
Please don't misinterpret my response (I'm not being nasty!), but -- okay, cashews aren't nuts. I'm not sure if your post is just to inform us .... or whether you were going to follow up with another comment or reason for it? Since this is posted in the Juicing, Sprouting, and Organic Gardening section, does this relate to soaking and sprouting cahews?
05-05-2005, 02:34 PM
actually i was trying to post that comment somewhere else....so dun even ask how it became a new thread...cuz i dont know myself...sorry people!
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