View Full Version : Are all cashews slightly cooked?

Nov 25th, 2008, 12:25 PM
I was receltly told that all cashews are slightly cooked because raw they are toxic- containing small amounts of cynide?

Is this true?

Nov 25th, 2008, 12:39 PM
Looks like it - http://www.living-foods.com/articles/rawcashew.html

Nov 26th, 2008, 10:05 AM

Nov 27th, 2008, 04:57 AM
I buy and eat cashews that are labeled raw all the time. Guess I'd better look into this.

Dec 3rd, 2008, 04:04 PM
The article Risker points to states, it's the resin in the shell that is poisonous so they must be removed carefully.

Actual raw cashews are really expensive though. To me it's really not worth it. Although I would love to try the apple that grows beneth the nut to find out what it tastes like.

Dec 5th, 2008, 12:49 PM
apparently real raw cashews are quite sweet?
It would be interesting to try them, and the fruit aswell

Dec 29th, 2008, 07:18 PM
oh that's depressing :( I thought I was making raw cashew "cheese" all along.

Dec 30th, 2008, 12:39 PM
i simply do my best with nuts whether they are truely raw or not - for me, a non-raw nut cheeze is better than the alternative - and if i sweated over all the miniscule stuff which was or wasn't truely raw, i'd either never eat anything or go mad!! :D

Jan 1st, 2009, 12:42 PM
What a shame. I thought they were raw. I ate them today, they certainly looked raw to me. Maybe they just heat them slightly, I don't think they'd roast/fry them coz then it would be obvious that they've done something.

Jan 1st, 2009, 01:05 PM
Roasting is carried out at a temperature of 185C to 190C to remove the moisture
from the nuts. After roasting, the nuts are cooled using cooled water spray and
centrifuged in order to remove the excess liquid.

Shelling is the removal of dry roasted shell. By striking the head of the nut, the
natural line of cleavage is broken. It is important when shelling the nut that the
kernal is not broken as whole nuts command a higher price in the market. This
operation is done manually mostly by skilled women.
Wood ash is applied to the hands to prevent damage to the hands and kernel.

Cashew Processing (http://www.nsicpartners.com/schemes/documents/projprofiles/CASHEW%20PROCESSING.pdf)

They roast the shell to such a high temperature so that the poisonous resin hardens and does not get onto the nut.

I really wouldn't worry too much though. Generally nuts should be eat sparingly anyway, and the kind that are actually raw are just not worth the cost IMO.

Even if they are cooked they are still full of nutrients and fibre, there are tons of things less heathy you could be eating.

Jan 2nd, 2009, 01:09 PM
it's not a good idea to be getting too hung up on whether what you're eating is completely raw down to the minutest percentage. eat what's right for your body :)

Jan 2nd, 2009, 02:59 PM
^ I concur.