Ingredient Name: Cashews

Traditional Chinese Name: 腰果 (Yāoguǒ)

What is this?
  • The edible seed of the cashew fruit (of the cashew tree)
  • The cashew nut is mildly sweet and crunchy in texture
  • The cashew nut is beige/white in color and usually looks like the shape of a boat (see picture above)
  • It is commonly found in Chinese cuisines (as a whole nut), soups and desserts

How do I prepare it?

  • Rinse in warm water before usage
  • Avoid using cashews that are pre-salted or roasted in soups

Where can I buy this?

  • Cashews are available all year round in all supermarkets

What is the cost?

  • This is not an expensive ingredient and the price varies depending on preparation and packaging

Any benefits?

  • Cashews are an excellent source of antioxidants and minerals
  • They contain the “good” fatty acids that help lower bad cholesterol
  • Cashews are rich in Vitamin B’s

Any precautions?

  • Cashews are a high calorie food, so consume in moderation
  • The shell of the cashew nut is toxic (similar to that of the poison ivy) and is a skin irritant
  • Take caution when serving to children as it is a nut and may cause allergies in children

Additional Information

  • Store in a dry and cool place in a tightly sealed container
  • Cashews can store up to 6 months if properly stored