The cashew seed, often simply called a cashew, is a popular fruit in Nigeria. Either eaten on its own, used in recipes, or relished as nuts and consumed as a fruit. A lot of you probably knew that the cashew apple is a light reddish to yellow fruit, whose pulp can be processed into a fruit drink but probably didn’t know it could be distilled into liquor. Well, INFORMATION NIGERIA has put together 5 amazing facts about this beautiful fruit, we bet you never knew…
Cashews grow out of “apples”. The cashew is the nut which is harvested as well as the apple-like fruit which is then used to make jams and juices.
Cashew shells are poisonous. Raw cashews are surrounded by a double shell which contain urushiol, a resin that can produce rashes and is toxic to ingest.
Raw cashews are green: Before the seed is roasted, cashews are a beautiful shade of green.
Cashews are related to pistachios, mangos and poison ivy. The poisonous part of the cashew is the same stuff that makes poison ivy “poison” and is also found in the mango plant.
Cashews may be found in your car. The cashew resin is used in industrial products used as brake liners and paints.