Cashews! The rich nut that is great snack and a wonderful addition to cooking great meals is a crowd favorite! But since it’s a nut you might think they grow inside a shell, unearthed from the ground or something! You’re very wrong!
Cashews are trapped in a shell that’s stuck to this pear-like blob of a specimen called a “cashew apple.” This abomination might actually look tasty if it didn’t resemble a toddler’s doodle taking a dump:
First, you pick the entire thing, cashew apple and all. Then you remove the little alien fetus. While removing it, feel good that you’re restoring the world to its rightful balance.
Next, you dry the nuts, steam those suckers and then them — by hand.
Yeah, your cashews get tons of action. Try not to be jealous. In all honesty, removing the nut from the shell requires freezing, boiling and probably some voodoo magic because the shell is full of caustic acid that’ll ruin you. Yes — nature and food can be evil and we just have to live with it.
Your final task: remove the nut from the shell. Last reminder here, you’re doing this to bring balance back to the world. Stay motivated!
In case you’re still curious about the cashew apple, which is rightly called a “false fruit” because it’s just a by-product of the actual cashew nut, here’s this: You may eat it, but it’s quite bitter and the flesh is runny, so it’s best used in juices and jams.
But honestly, I think I’m too freaked about this cashew thing right now to enjoy these poser fruits anytime soon.