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They are native to South America, specifically Brazil, and were introduced by colonists to Africa and India. These regions are the largest producers of cashews today.
Cashews have recently been used to make dairy alternatives, such as cashew milk, cashew-based cheese and cashew-based cream sauces and sour cream.
Cashew milk offers many of the benefits of fresh milk for those who prefer not to use dairy.
Cashews are a good source of magnesium, which plays an important role in over 300 enzymatic reactions within the body.
Heart health by Medical News Today
The monounsaturated and polyunsaturated fatty acids found in cashews can help decrease LDL cholesterol and triglyceride levels. This reduces the risk of cardiovascular disease, stroke, and heart attack.
A study published in the British Journal of Nutrition showed that the risk of coronary heart diseasemay be 37 percent lower in people who consume nuts more than four times per week compared with people who never or seldom consume nuts.