The seeds from the 'Cashew Apple' - a tree which bears bright orange fruit and is native to Brazil and the West Indies. They have a sweet flavour and crumbly texture and are often roasted and salted to bring out their flavour.
Cashews are never sold without the shells because of the extreme heating process that must be applied to remove them.
Buy in small quantities in airtight containers in a cool dark place or in the refrigerator. Should keep fresh for at least three months.
In stir fries, over salads, in curries or on their own.
Try macadamia nut or peanut.