Sunday, December 31, 2006
Here in Brazil the cashew grows in abundance. The nut part is separated from the fruit, "apple". Brazil is big on fruit juices, they should be. There are so many different types of fruit. Can't wait to try them all.
There is a very interesting blender that they use. It looks like a regular blender, but inside covering the blade part, coming all the way to the top is a cylinder shaped filter piece that opens to the cover. Placing the fruit in this filter part and blending, the fibers stay inside the filter part and pushes out the juice to the outside of the filter. Water is added to the concentrated juice. This is how I made this cashew juice. Naturally it is not a sweet juice. Usually a sweetener is added.
CASHEWS: The Northeast Region is where the fruit is primarily cultivated. Harvest period is from August to January. The cashew tree is native of the littoral region of Brazil. The cashew was spread through the country by the cashew nuts carried by the Indians. They could feed themselves, produce juice with the fruit as well as medicine. The fruit is excellent to treat rheumatism and skin eczemas. An oil derived from the cashew nut is largely used as antiseptic, as well as to treat intestinal roundworm. Nutrients: Vitamins B (B1, B2 and B3)Vitamin C CalciumIron Phosphorus