How to Make Cashew Fruit Juice

Cashew fruits with nuts attached and cashew juice
Cashew fruits with nuts attached and cashew juice | Source

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.


Cashew juice

Brazil Gourmet Cashew Fruit Nectar case of 6/10oz Bottles
Brazil Gourmet Cashew Fruit Nectar case of 6/10oz Bottles

Now Amazon sell cashew juice. I always try any new fruit here in Brazil. It is a country rich in natural goodness.

 
Cashew fruits and nuts
Cashew fruits and nuts | Source

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.

A cashew and cashew apple
A cashew and cashew apple | Source

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.

Professional Juicer

Breville 800JEXL Juice Fountain Elite 1000-Watt Juice Extractor
Breville 800JEXL Juice Fountain Elite 1000-Watt Juice Extractor

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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Have you seen the juice or fruit where you live? 23 comments

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rajan jolly 3 years ago from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar,INDIA.

Lovely pictures and an excellent hub explaining the cashew apple beautifully. I just published a hub on health benefits of cashews. With your permission I'd like to include a link to this hub of yours in it.

Voting this up, useful and interesting.


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Blond Logic 3 years ago from Brazil Author

Hello

Thank you and of course I would love to have a link from one of your hubs.

Thank you for the vote and comment.


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Silva Hayes 3 years ago from Spicewood, Texas

Wow, I had no idea! The cashew is one of my favorite nuts but I had no clue that there was an apple included. I would love to visit Brazil and see one for myself.


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Lipnancy 3 years ago from Hamburg, New York

Personally, I like the extractors better than the juicers. I find that you get more of of the nutrients out of them.


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Blond Logic 3 years ago from Brazil Author

Hello Lipnancy,

I have never tried an extractor but I know they have a loyal following. I must say I rarely use mine for vegetable drinks, it always seems to be fruit.

As always great to hear from you.


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Blond Logic 3 years ago from Brazil Author

Hello Silva,

When I first saw it, I thought the same. It seems such a strange combination. People here just laugh when I tell them others don't realize how it is grown.

I think today I ate two or was it three? I hold it by the nut and bite the part that would have been connected to the tree. It is like eating a Popsicle with the nut being the stick.

Thanks for the comment.


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teaches12345 3 years ago

I have never had this before but from your decription it sounds very delicious. I never would have guessed they look like this before being harvested. Great post and very educational.


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Blond Logic 3 years ago from Brazil Author

Hello Teaches12345,

I am pleased you enjoyed it. I currently have so many I had to give some to the cows. Normally when the cashew season ends, our mango trees start producing. We have had very little rain this year and now everything mangoes, cashews and passion fruits are all ripening at the same time.

One thing that is certain, we aren't lacking in vitamin C.

Always a pleasure to hear from you.


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Sue Bailey 3 years ago from South Yorkshire, UK

Well you learn something new every day. I love cashew nuts but had no idea there was a fruit associated with them. How lucky you are to live where you do. I wonder if they will ever reach the supermarkets in the UK? Voted up and shared


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Blond Logic 3 years ago from Brazil Author

After visiting here, we showed our friends in Britain a photo of a cashew fruit growing and said, "guess what that is". No one knew. The locals here find it so surprising that foreigners don't know.

Thanks for your comment.


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glassvisage 3 years ago from Northern California

Very interesting! Do they grow most places? Does it taste like an apple? It sounds great. I figured you could get juice from a cashew like milk from almonds :)


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Blond Logic 3 years ago from Brazil Author

I think they grow mostly in Brazil and India. The taste is astringent, almost medical at first and they tend to leave a dry sensation in the mouth. This is odd because they are so juicy. I will eat them straight off the tree but my husband only likes them juiced. The skin is thin like a tomato but sort of waxy.

The locals stew them, I have made an upside down cake with them but mostly we just juice them.

When we had geese, it was a race when a cashew fruit would fall, as to who would make it there first, me or them.


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truthfornow 3 years ago from New Orleans, LA

I am always chowing down on some cashews. Had no idea in the world about a cashew apple. I feel so uneducated. Thanks so much for the enlightenment.


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Blond Logic 3 years ago from Brazil Author

Hi Marie,

I was in the same boat until I visited Brazil.

Thanks for taking the time to read and comment, glad you found it educational.

Have a great weekend.


amla 3 years ago

Hey I'm from Jamaica and we have cashews also... picked some today.


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Blond Logic 3 years ago from Brazil Author

I wasn't aware they grew in Jamaica. Thanks for the info. We are lucky, aren't we!


wayne 2 years ago

we have them I Trinidad. Ate about 8 today.


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Blond Logic 2 years ago from Brazil Author

We are so lucky to have them.I'll bet you are the picture of health.


srikan123pradhan@gmail.com 2 years ago

I have a Cashew plantation of 10 acres of land , I want to establish one juicy project in my area, please guide me.


liz 20 months ago

I just picked me a few today!! They also grow in Belize!!


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Blond Logic 20 months ago from Brazil Author

I didn't know they were up there, they are an amazing tree and can survive in quite dry conditions. Glad you are enjoying them.


Mike 19 months ago

I'm from Suriname And they also grow here.Got to try the juce!


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Blond Logic 19 months ago from Brazil Author

Anyone who has the opportunity to try it should. Thanks for your visit and comment.

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