How to Make Cashew Fruit Juice
Juice from a cashew apple
You may have had to read the title twice, if you didn't realize you could juice cashews. The juice is obtained from the cashew apple, not the nut. The nut is actually the fruit of the cashew tree and develops first. Then the cashew apple appears behind it. The nut and the cashew apple continue to grow until the cashew apple is ripe and the nut is mature. This then drops to the ground with the nut attached.
Now Amazon sell cashew juice. I always try any new fruit here in Brazil. It is a country rich in natural goodness.
Availability of the Cashew Fruit
Here on our farm, we have several cashew trees and when the cashews are in season, we drink the juice daily.
The nuts, although now known as the main crop, wasn't always the case in this region. It was thought this cashew apple was the best part of the cashew tree. The skin is very thin, much like a tomato's skin and when this falls from the tree is easily damaged. It also doesn't have a long shelf life and has to be sold quickly. These juicy fruits were seen as the harvest and the nuts were discard because of the difficulties surrounding their removal from the shell.
The opposite was true in India, where the nut was and still is revered as the best and most valuable part of the tree. Not so long ago, the cashew apple was left on the ground to rot. Now, they too are using the cashew apple for making juice.
It is for this reason that unless you live in an area where cashews are grown, you may never see the cashew apple. It is however bottled and sold as juices. It is one of the favourites here in the north-east of Brazil. I have seen a report where a restaurant in the states uses frozen cashew apples. It may be worth checking your freezer section at a good international grocery store.
Cashew apple flavour
When you first pick up the fruit, there is a heady strong sweet smell. In fact if you aren't quick to pick it up off the ground the ants are after it. The fruit feels quite heavy for its size which can be the size of a large apple. For making it into a juice I use about 5 large ones. I remove the nut by simply twisting it off. These can be left in the sun for a day or two and sold.
I then wash the fruit in water. Care has to be taken with these as the tannins in the fruit will stain not just clothes but also counter tops if left to rest there. The taste of the juice of the cashew apple is difficult to explain. In fact, the first time I tried it I didn't like it. It is astringent and leaves a dry feeling in the mouth. I always mix mine with water using a 3:1. So that is 3 parts cashew juice, 1 part cold water. It tends to separate so I just put a jug on the table with a wooden spoon. If you like cloudy apple juice you should give this juice a try. The vitamin C content is 5 times higher than orange juice, and it is packed with anti-oxidants.
The joy of my juicer, is it is quick, the juice is prepared in under a minute. I have seen how some people pass it through a plastic sieve pressing with the back of a spoon. For me, this is too time consuming and labour intensive.
I have the earlier version of this and have used it for six years, here in Brazil. When I bought it I also bought a spare mesh basket which holds the blades. I was worried, getting spares sent to Brazil might be a problem. I have yet to replace the basket and cutting blades, they are still sharp even after using it almost daily for six years.
We live in a high humidity area with a high concentration of salt in the air. Beach life. Most of our products have at least surface rust if not totally disintegrated through rust. The finish on this is still perfect.
Because this is a professional machine, it is quick and easy to clean. No fiddly places that you can't get to. It is quite weighty so best to put it in the position you plan to use it. I have been very pleased with its performance and would highly recommend it.
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