The cashew tree is a tropical evergreen tree that produces the cashew seed and the cashew apple. The species is originally native to northeastern Brazil. Portuguese colonists in Brazil began exporting cashew nuts as early as the 1550s. It is eaten on its own, used in recipes, or processed into cashew cheese or cashew butter.
In a 100-gram serving, raw cashews provide 553 Calories, 67% of the Daily Value (DV) in total fats, 36% DV of protein, 13% DV of dietary fiber and 11% DV of carbohydrates (table). Cashews are rich sources of dietary minerals, including particularly copper, manganese, phosphorus, and magnesium, and of thiamin, vitamin B6 and vitamin K, Iron, potassium and zinc.