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Paleo Foods: Cashews

Cashew highlights

These butter-like flavored tree nuts are loved by many because of their delicate taste and slightly soft texture.

Nutrition Details

NutrientAbsolute amount per 1 ounce of cashews%DV per 1 ounce of cashews
Thiamin (Vitamin B1)0.1mg8%
Vitamin B60.1 mg6%
Copper0.6 mg31%
Potassium185 mg5%
Iron 1.9 mg10%
Magnesium81.8 mg20%
Manganese0.5 mg23%
Phosphorus166 mg17%

Cashews taste like butter, and are even a bit sweet, which makes for a creamy nut butter to spread across a piece of fruit. Cashews are commonly used in Indian cuisine as a paste for a curry, or to simply garnish a dish.

Do you know how a cashew grows? Cashew trees produce both a cashew apple and a cashew nut. The cashew nut is attached to the bottom of the cashew apple, and is removed during harvesting. You may notice that cashews are not encased in a shell when sold in stores. The shell of a cashew contains a resin called cashew balm, and is not fit for consumption. This cashew balm is removed and can be used to make varnishes and insecticides.

Macronutrients Macros in Context

Here’s how a serving of 1 ounce of cashews stacks up in the context of a typical Paleo meal:

Blue bars show the typical range in grams for a Paleo meal. For example, a Paleo meal usually includes 30-60 grams of fat, but where you personally fall in that range will depend on your preference.

Orange dots show how 1 ounces of cashews fits into the typical nutrient profile of a Paleo meal.

Macros in Context - Cashews

Buying it Buy It

Purchase cashews at your local market year around. Buy raw cashews, then roast them to your liking.


Cooking with it Cook It


Process your own cashew butter: add cashews to a high-speed blender and blend slowly for 10 minutes. Add to a dessert recipe or serve on slices of banana.


Make a non-dairy cheese from cashews.


Add cashews to ginger, coconut aminos, garlic and seasonings to create a flavorful pad thai or chicken dish.


Sprinkle a handful of chopped cashews to a fruit & nut mix, or on top of a fruit salad.


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