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Scientific classification
Kingdom: Plantae
Division: Magnoliophyta
Class: Magnoliopsida
Order: Sapindales
Family: Anacardiaceae
Genus: Anacardium

A Cashew is a type of small roughly horseshoe-shaped nut. Cashews contain a toxin that must be removed before they can be eaten. The so-called 'raw cashews' occasionally available in healthfood shops have been cooked but not roasted or browned.

Cashews are a common ingredient in Asian cooking, especially in dishes such as 'chicken with cashews'. They can also be ground into a spread similar to peanut butter. Cashews have a very high oil content, and they are used in some other nutbutters to add extra oil.