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What is a Cashew Nut??

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By robinlp on Thu, 04-22-04, 19:45

What exactly is a cashew nut...is it a legume or a peanut. My son is still testing allergic to peanuts but he was no longer allergic to cashew nuts? I don't plan on giving him any...at least not for years...BUT, I was wondering if they were legumes or tree nuts.
THanks.

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By erik on Thu, 04-22-04, 19:51

I think a cashew is a tree nut but I am not sure (I know it is not a legume).

I have PA, but I have never had any problems eating cashew nuts.

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By ssmd on Thu, 04-22-04, 20:14

I think that Cashews and Mangos are in the same family. Can your son eat mangos. I know someone that is alergic to mangos and was told to also avoid cashews. I guess this is because of the pit in the mango it is considered a tree nut.
Has anyone else heard of this?

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ssmd mom of 3

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By MommaBear on Thu, 04-22-04, 21:20

Quote:Originally posted by ssmd:
[b]I think that Cashews and Mangos are in the same family. Can your son eat mangos. I know someone that is alergic to mangos and was told to also avoid cashews. I guess this is because of the pit in the mango it is considered a tree nut.
Has anyone else heard of this?

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[url="http://waynesword.palomar.edu/ecoph8.htm"]http://waynesword.palomar.edu/ecoph8.htm[/url]

not sure if this answers the question(s).

Disclaimer: I do not guarantee the accuracy or content of the link in this post. I am not offering advice in any manner or form. [img]http://uumor.pair.com/nutalle2/peanutallergy/smile.gif[/img]

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By Sandy on Thu, 04-22-04, 21:25

A cashew is a nut. It is related to the pistashio nut. The reason why we get them without the shell is because the shell has a toxic resin inside, which has to be steamed of the nut and then the cashew has to be roasted to make sure all the resin is gone.

god, I wish I was this smart when I went to school!! [img]http://uumor.pair.com/nutalle2/peanutallergy/biggrin.gif[/img]

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By Codyman on Thu, 04-22-04, 21:38

From the Allergy Asthma Information Association InfoLetter
[b]Botanical List of Food Families[/b]:
Family: Cashew
Food: Cashew, Mango, Pistachio
Related Plants or Extracts: Poison Ivy, Poison Sumach

[b]Peanut, Nut and Legume Avoidance[/b]:
Nut: Cashew, Pistachio
Group: Cashew
Family Members: Mango

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By Sandy on Thu, 04-22-04, 21:48

.....guess I am not as brainy as I thought [img]http://uumor.pair.com/nutalle2/peanutallergy/smile.gif[/img]

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By DebO on Thu, 04-22-04, 21:54

[img]http://home.wanadoo.nl/cora/burmamain/3a_cashew/cashew1b.gif[/img]

The cashew, Anacardium occidentale L., belongs to the Anacardiaceae or cashew family. Two related plants in this family are the mango tree and pistachio tree.

The cashew tree is a hearty, fast-growing evergreen with an umbrella-like canopy.

Cashew trees produce both a fruit ("apple") and a nut, and a valuable oil can be drawn from the nut shell. After the cashew flower blooms, a nut forms. The apple later swells between the nut shell and the stem.

Technically, the actual nut is the thick-shelled seed. The outer shell (coat) of the seed contains the poison oak allergen urushiol, and may cause dermatitis in hypersensitive people.

There is a toxic resin inside the shell layer. If the shell is not opened properly, the resin will get on the cashew nut, making it inedible.

(From living-foods.com)

take care

deb

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By erik on Thu, 04-22-04, 23:27

Hi DebO,

Thanks for the info (and the pic) [img]http://uumor.pair.com/nutalle2/peanutallergy/smile.gif[/img]

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By robinlp on Fri, 04-23-04, 12:37

Thanks everyone! Even if not allergic it really makes you not want to eat it after seeing those pics and hearing how they get it.

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