As little as hazelnuts, looking like beans, cashews are 2-4 cm long. The seed is white and sweet.
Country of Origin: Vietnam, Brasil, India
Harvest Season: November – January, according to the season.
The shell of the cashew contains a stinging resin, typically used to produce paints and insecticides.
Cashews are rich in nutritional substances, such as mineral salts (potassium, phosphorous, sodoium, magnesium, zinc, copper, manganese, selenium, iron) and vitamins of the group B (B1, B2, B3B, B5, B6), vitamin K, and little percetages of vitamins C and E. They contain amino acids, such as glutamic acid, aspartic acid, ciytine, arginine, alanine, isoleucine, methionine, lysine, proline, serine, tyrosine, threonine, triptophane, valine, histidine, glycine, phenylalanine. They are high in monounsaturaeted fatty acid, such as oleic acid and palmitic acid, which prove to be fundamental in order to lower the level of bad cholesterol (HDL) and to increase the percentage of good cholesterol (LDL).
Nutritional values per 100g
(Values per 100g of edible product)
|Valore energetico in KJ/ Energy||2501|
|Valore energetico Kcal/ Energy||598|
|Grassi/ Fat g.||46|
|di cui acidi grassi saturi/ of which saturates g.||4,1|
|Carboidrati/ Carbohydrates g.||33|
|di cui zuccheri/ of which sugars g.||5,9|
|Proteine/ Protein g.||15|
|Sale/ Salt g.||17,92|