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NATIONAL CASHEW DAY – November 23

National Cashew Day - November 23 Image Credit: parade.com

National Cashew Day – November 23
Image Credit: parade.com

NATIONAL CASHEW DAY

 A popular snacking and party nut is celebrated each year on November 23 on National Cashew Day.

The cashew nut is a seed that is harvested from the cashew tree. Northeastern Brazil was the original native home to the cashew tree however, it is now widely grown in tropical climates for its cashew apples and nuts.

With leaves that are spirally arranged and leathery textured, the cashew tree is large and evergreen.  It can grow as tall as 32 feet high having a short and often irregularly shaped trunk.  The flowers are small starting out pale green in color then turning reddish with each one having five slender, acute petals.

The largest cashew tree in the world covers about 81,000 sq. ft. and is located in
Natal, Rio Grande do Norte, Brazil. 
 
  • The cashew tree has a fruit called the “cashew apple”.  It’s fragile skin makes it unsuitable for transport.
  • A fruit drink is made from the cashew apple in Latin America
  • Cashews are less frequent allergen than other nuts or peanuts.
  • Although native to northeast Brazil, the Portuguese took the cashew plant to Goa, India, between 1560 and 1565.  From Goa, it spread throughout Southeast Asia and eventually Africa.
  • The shell of the cashew nut is toxin.
  • Cashews are a good source of antioxidants.
  • Cashews are a source of dietary trace minerals: copper, manganese, magnesium and phosphorous.
  • Cashew oil is a dark yellow oil for cooking or salad dressing pressed from cashew nuts.
  • Many parts of the plant are used for medicinal purposes.

Enjoy a handful or two of delicious cashews.

HISTORY 

Within our research, we were unable to find the creator and origin of National Cashew Day, an “unofficial” national holiday.

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