The cashew is a fascinating nut with a unique harvesting process, storied history, healthy nutritional profile, and so much more. Native to the Caribbean Islands, northern South America and Central America, this nut is born out a tropical evergreen tree, the cashew tree. Cashew is derived from the Portuguese word caju, which in itself is a derivation from another word acajú from the Tupian language that translates to “nut that produces itself”.
The tree produces the cashew seed, which is the nut customers know and love, and the less talked about by-product the cashew apple. The cashew tree’s botanical name is Anacardium occidentale but has different names according to geography. In addition to caju in Brazil and Portugal, and acajú in the Tupian language, the cashew tree is known as anacardier in France.
Portuguese colonists exported cashews from Brazil to parts of East Africa and India in the 1550s, and the tree nuts blossomed in abundance in the coastal regions.
At present, India, Ivory Coast and Vietnam are the world’s biggest producers of this kidney-shaped nut. In fact, Olam has a large presence in Vietnam, having set up base 22 years ago and has grown organically to over 6,500 employees in the central and southern regions. Olam Vietnam Limited, a subsidiary of Olam International, has even been recognized as one of the best places to work in Vietnam, thanks to the company’s commitment to investing in its people.
These light-colored nuts contain a whole host of healthy goodness and pack a healthy punch in just one serving. An ounce, that equates to around 28 grams, of cashew contains (Nutrition Data):
Customers looking to experience the above benefits and overall good health should consider incorporating cashews in their balanced diet. It is very easy to add cashews to one’s diet as they can be consumed on their own, used as a recipe in sweet or savory snacks, dinners and delicious desserts, or even processed into cashew cheese or cashew butter. Olam has curated a list of cashew recipes, click here to know more. Buy cashews in bulk online from Olam Nuts!