WHY DON’T YOU EVER SEE CASHEWS SOLD IN A SHELL??

The second in my series of Interesting, but Insignificant Information.

WHY DON’T YOU EVER SEE CASHEWS SOLD IN A SHELL??

Most nuts, including peanuts, walnuts, hazelnuts, almonds, pecans, Brazil nuts, and others can be bought in the shell.  But you will never see cashews sold this way, and for good reason.  It’s because cashews, unlike all the other nuts, happen to be in the same plant family as poison ivy!  The oil that surrounds the shell is very irritating to the skin and can cause blisters.  This makes the harvesting of cashews nasty work.  Even roasting the shells releases a noxious smoke. 

Another interesting fact about cashews is that they can help prevent tooth decay.  The oil in the nut is so powerful that it inhibits the growth of plaque-producing bacteria.  Wouldn’t that make for an interesting product?  Instead of mint-flavored Crest, we could be brushing with cashew-flavored Crest!  I think I could go for that!

The Basilica Dome as seen from the Eastern Corridor

THE IMAGE: Shooting the Mission San Juan Capistrano provided so many amazing opportunities for photography.  Having a quadrangle design, the four corridors presented numerous opportunities for framing, as in this shot.  I spent much of my time in these corridors shooting through the arches.  Amazing architecture!

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~ by photographyfree4all on February 21, 2011.

12 Responses to “WHY DON’T YOU EVER SEE CASHEWS SOLD IN A SHELL??”

  1. Wow!! I never knew that! That’s crazy!! … but interesting…

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  2. I never thought much about it. But you do have to admit, you never see cashews in their shell! Thanks for your comment, Danielle!!

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  3. I didn’t know that interestin fact about the cashew nut, Thanks

    Beautiful picture!!!!! Love it!!!

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  4. I had no idea, Miss Betty! But, I sure think cashews are one of the best nuts ever!! 🙂

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  5. Very interesting stuff about the cashews. I had the chance to tour a cashew grove in Belize where they sold cashew jam, cashew wine, etc. The fruit the cashew nut grows in is very bitter raw, but cashew jam is delicious!

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  6. Hey – thanks, Bradley! I would love to try some of that cashew jam! Thanks for jumping in here.

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  7. interesting cashew factoids, thx. I love cashews!

    did they have cashew trees on the grounds near the basilica dome?

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  8. Oh man…cashews are the best!!! Sorry for the confusion, Shiela – but, there were no cashew trees there. The picture happened to be a leftover from a previous post. No connection with the interesting cashew fact! Thanks for stopping by! Don’t be a stranger. 🙂

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  9. You learn something new every day!

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  10. I know I do! Thanks for stopping by today, Missusk76!

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  11. I already knew that, but we have cashews in our interior regions 🙂
    Nice shot, there’s a bit of Halo-ing going on there, HDR?

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  12. I thought you might know this because of where you live. I think I’m getting some halo-ing from knocking down the highlights. That seems to be the process that brings it out. It’s like the softeare isn’t able to lessen the highlights at the edges of the sky. But, knocking down the highlights really helps to bring out the detail.

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