CASHEW: Kerala's go to snack
- Cashew is a dry fruit that is cultivated in the tropical region of India. It is a seed that grows on the outside of a pear-shaped fruit known as a cashew apple.
- The scientific name of cashew is Anacardium occidentale trees of the sumac family “Anacardiaceae”.
Q. HOW MANY CASHEWS SHOULD BE EATEN DAILY?
-> Eating 4 to 5 cashews or ¼ cup per day is enough.
- Cashews are one of the most versatile and nutritious nuts. They are a good source of protein, vitamins, and minerals and contain a high percentage of unsaturated fats. They are also rich in magnesium.
- It helps to reduce the bad cholesterol as it has saturated fats and stearic acids.
- Eating cashews daily helps prevent heart diseases, strokes, and diabetes.
- Cashews are also an excellent source of magnesium, manganese, phosphorus, zinc, vitaminB6 & K.
- They are a wonderful source of monounsaturated and polyunsaturated varieties.
- Cashews contain antioxidants that can help reduce inflammation and have low cholesterol levels.
- Cashews also contain a high level of tryptophan which is an amino acid responsible for producing serotonin. This helps relieve stress and anxiety.
Significance of Cashews in Indian food:
They have a distinctive taste and smooth texture. The chutney and curries of cashews are also relished in Indian cuisine.
Cashews are versatile as they can be eaten raw, roasted, or salted. Cashew milk is popular nowadays because it contains no lactose or casein proteins and has a sweet taste from naturally occurring sugars called Lactodiacidase.
You can find Cashews alongside many other dry foods and species at Athey Nallatha, which is a brand of indigenous spices from Kerala. The brand started to provide quality Masalas to the people of Kerala. The brand has a wide range of spices, which are all made using traditional methods. The spices are made using only the finest ingredients, and all of them are 100% natural.