Sneak Peek – I’m nuts about summer

21 Jun

Here’s how cashews spend the first day of summer in Southern California

(Warning!!!  “R” rated – it’s a nude beach)

Life Chew
Life Shew
Hang-one
Hang-one
Roasting
Roasting

Thanks Sharon for the inspiration!

Where Do Cashews Come From?
Ever wonder where cashews come from?  You might think they grow inside a shell, like any other nut, but their true origins are far more bizarre.
First of all, cashews are not actually nuts, but rather fruits from the cashew tree, a large evergreen tree that thrives in tropical climates.
The tree produces red flowers, which in turn produce yellow and red oval structures resembling apples.
These so-called cashew apples are very juicy and pulpy, and their juice is often added to tropical fruit drinks.  However, cashew apples are not actually fruits in a scientific sense;  the real fruit of the cashew tree is the kidney-shaped formation growing at the end.
These fruits, also called drupes, are harvested and become what we know as a cashew nut.
In their raw form, the outer layer of the fruit contains multiple toxins, including anacardic acid, a powerful skin irritant similar to the toxin found in poison ivy that must be removed prior to eating.
Roasting the cashews destroys the toxins, but roasting must be performed carefully outdoors,
because the smoke can irritate the lungs, sometimes to a life-threatening degree.
When they are roasted, cashews change from their natural greenish-gray color to the light cream-colored nut sold in stores.
Next time you crack open a tin or bag of cashews, take a moment to appreciate the long journey and the efforts of many to get those little C-shaped nuts from the tree to your table!

 

3 Responses to “Sneak Peek – I’m nuts about summer”

  1. hibernationnow.wordpress.com June 22, 2014 at 2:11 am #

    Gee, it’s hard to tell that you and Rick are related!!! It must be amazing for both of you to be in the same room. Your message was not complete about my new blog about what? Strange combinations? Food? love, Pk Jr/

    Like

  2. phylor June 22, 2014 at 1:02 am #

    Glad it wasn’t peanut day at the beach! By the way, the pictures didn’t show up with the text about cashews — your drawings of cashews came out just fine

    Like

  3. Rick June 21, 2014 at 11:34 pm #

    What did the squirrel say to the cashew?
    Gesundheit!
    (old 3rd grade joke – cashew=a-choo…)
    Happy Summer Solstice Day!

    Like

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