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Here are today’s five things to know about cashews:

Pistachio, mango, cashew and poison ivy are in the same family.

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Cashews are native to Costa Rica and most of Central America.

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Cashews are seeds. Because they grow out of apples, they are technically a seed not a nut.

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Raw cashews are green. Before the seed is roasted, cashews are a beautiful shade of green.

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A freshly picked cashew nut is highly flammable and can even be explosive.

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Today’s Food History

  • 1808 Thomas Cook was born. In 1841 Cook hired a special excursion train between Leicester and Loughborough in England for a temperance meeting. The beginning of Thomas Cook & Son, the worldwide travel agency.
  • 1862 Dr. Alexander P. Anderson was born. He developed Puffed Rice in NYC in 1902, which was introduced to the world at the St. Louis World’s Fair in 1904.
  • 1967 Arlo Guthrie’s ballad/song ‘Alice’s Restaurant’ was released.
  • 1992 Actor Sterling Holloway died. He was also the voice of Winnie The Pooh, the honey loving bear in Disney’s animated version.