Cashew nuts and the Brazilian fruit Caju

blog post about Brazilian fruit caju where cashew nuts com from


Everybody knows about cashew nuts. What most people don’t know is that the nuts are just a small part of the tropical, Brazilian fruit caju, which is typical from Northeastern Brazil or Região Nordeste. Although caju is found in other tropical areas of the world, it is originally from Brazil. 

The picture above shows cajus and you can see the cashew nut (castanha, in Portuguese) on the edge of the fruit. In Brazil, we eat the fruit and make juices, smoothies, and candied fruit with it.

Caju has exquisite flavor and texture. I very much encourage you to try caju juice and the fruit itself when you are in Brazil.

Caju has over three times more vitamin C than oranges. It is a delicate fruit that does not travel well. 
In case you are wondering, yes, cashew nuts are very popular in Brazil. At my mom’s house it is an essential part of everyday snacking :) I myself love castanha de caju (cashew nut).
When travelling through the Brazilian roads, you will notice vendors on the shoulder roasting cashew nuts over an open flame. My husband Carl took the picture below. Those cashew nuts are hand-picked from the tree. It is unlike any cashew you have ever tried. Cashews roasted in this non-industrialized way are my favorite ♥ They may not be as crunchy as industrialized cashews, but they taste much better in my opinion.
Street vendor selling cashew nuts in Brazil
There are many other fruits that you must try when you are in Brazil. I’ve talked about them in a separate post so you can enjoy them as juices, candies, ice creams, or simply as fresh fruit during your stay.

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