They grow on cashew nut trees, which are native to subtropical climates.
Delicately sweet yet crunchy and delicious the cashew nut is packed with energy, antioxidants, minerals and vitamins that are essential for robust health. Organic cashew nuts, like all nuts, are an excellent source of protein and fiber. They are rich in mono-unsaturated fat which may help protect the heart. Cashew nuts are also a good source of potassium, B vitamins and folate. They contain useful amounts of magnesium, phosphorous, selenium and copper.
Like peanuts, cashew nuts are often salted. This added sodium content may contribute to increased blood pressure. So buy plain cashew nuts without added salt.
Typical Nutritional Values per 100g: Cashews have 18g of protein and a good amount of minerals including Selenium.
Cashew nuts are often used in vegan desserts to replace milk based products such as cheesecakes.