The Story of the Cashew

Submitted by: trimble 9 months ago in Science
https://youtu.be/xdMjW3W6SAY I love them, always have and always will. Unfortunately they can be very dangerous to harvest and are sometimes produced under slave labor conditions: http://www.telegraph.co.uk/foodanddrink/foodanddrinknews/11577928/Blood-cashews-the-toxic-truth-about-your-favourite-nut.html
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Male 2,444
This was delicious. I liked it a lot. More nut videos, please. :)
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Male 49
Besides being poisonous the raw nuts are pretty fucking flammable https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qNpLvUSRuEI
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Male 1,255
It's a lot of work for little payout. And they take a ton of water. I try to avoid buying them. Mostly get them as gifts.
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Male 8,132
Did i miss something or did the video not mention once that they are poisonous?
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Male 303
"....did the video not mention once that they are poisonous?" The juice surrounding the nut itself, inside the shell, and the inner peel are indeed very acidic, they would indeed be toxic. The cashew nut itself is fine though and is considered a "superfood" for it's anti-cancer properties. The are a good source of iron, folate, vitamin K and good fats. Try to buy the low-salt ones though.
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Male 8,132
Ya. I know. But don't you think its kinda nuts that vid about the processing of cashews doesn't mention it ONCE???
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Male 303
"..don't you think its kinda nuts.." Har har. It's definitely a Pro-cashew video, likely paid for by that industry in India.
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Male 3,414
Not once. That's the peachy version, that's why I included the second link.
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Male 8,132
I found out they were poisonous last year. We did a botanical garden tour in Hawaii and the Cashew tree was surrounded by danger signs. The guide explained why. Also found out that "banana trees" aren't trees at all and they typically only produce bananas once and then die and that macadamia nuts require 300 pounds of pressure per square inch to crack. Yay nature!
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Male 16
That part is explained in the attached article. There are apparently (2) layers of shells that need to be peeled in order to get to the cashew nut, both of which secret various caustic substances that damage the hands of the workers. I honestly don't remember ever coming across such complaints at our family estate, but we do not process the seeds. As a matter of fact, in the past 10 - 20 years there has been no one to even collect the fruits/seeds. They simply rot and the monkeys come and eat the fermented fruit and get hammered.
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Male 3,414
You have party monkeys!
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