Cashews are not nuts - do we still need to soak?

Answered on March 28, 2014
Created March 27, 2014 at 9:04 PM

I've just read that cashews are not nuts but rather the top of a fruit which is not available for consumption in this country as it needs to be very ripe to eat. Do we still need to soak them?

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on March 28, 2014
at 09:47 PM

I just threw away the seed and ate the fruit.


on March 28, 2014
at 01:53 PM

raw cashews are full of strychnine I heard. We had a tree in our yard in Honduras and were told to wash our hands even from touching the fruit. I didn't know you can eat the fruit but I do know that the gooey stuff that surrounds the inside of the seed pod (where the cashew grows inside) is highly poisonous. The cashew must not be eaten unless roasted- I am skeptical that steaming alone is enough to make them safe and I always toast the ones I buy t the store before eating them.


on March 28, 2014
at 12:04 PM

Cashews are nuts because nuts are seeds (generally from trees). And they have toxic shells which need to be removed. So I'd think that soaking would be benficial, even if the cashews are steamed for safety reasons.



on March 27, 2014
at 09:20 PM

Yes, the caju seed is on the outside of the fruit (do a google image). Caju is one of the richest sources of ascorbic acid. However, if nut=large seed (which would be my definition) then it is a nut.

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