Along with protein, fiber, vitamins and minerals, nuts contain "good" fats(mono and polyunsaturated). Scientific evidence suggests eating 1.5 oz. per day of most nuts as part of a low fat diet, can help reduce the risk of coronary heart disease.
The delicately flavored cashew nut is a favorite between meal snack that can be readily found in your local market year round. It also makes wonderful nut butter and a special addition to salads and stir-fry dishes.
Cashew nuts are actually the kidney-shaped seeds that adhere to the bottom of the cashew apple, the fruit of the cashew tree, which is native to the coastal areas of northeastern Brazil. While cashew apples are not appreciated in the United States, they are regarded as delicacies in Brazil and the Caribbean.