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  • This is Nuts Skin-On Cashews Origin Story

    This story starts in the middle of a tropical jungle, on an island in the Indian Ocean, right next to a huge volcano. It’s the story of the This is Nuts Skin-on Cashews.

    The cashew nut might very well be the undisputed master of all nuts (even though it’s technically a seed and not a nut). People just love everything about it, from its curved shape to its crunchy yet creamy texture. And if they are not tasty enough as they are, they come in a variety of flavors, from simply salted to more complex seasonings ranging from sweet to hot. There is however a newcomer to town; one that is set to change the way we eat the nut forever - the This is Nuts Skin-on Cashews.

    On the foothills of Mount Agung in Eastern Bali lies a small village that strives mainly from one particular thing, growing cashews. Every morning villagers come into the farm, which is also a factory, to harvest, sun-dry, peel and roast cashews. From afar, it looks like any other farm that grows the nut around the world, but this particular farm stands out for its ability to produce skin-on cashews.

    The reason you have never seen a cashew nut in its shell is because it’s actually toxic. Actually, it is botanically related to the poison-ivy, and just like the nasty plant, the Urushiol that lines the inside of the shell can cause a painful rash. For this reason, all the cashew nuts you’ve eaten (unless you’ve tried skin-on cashews) have been completely stripped naked.

    While big corporations want to mass produce in the cheapest and fastest way possible, our friends in Bali have another focus. By giving each nut individual attention, they have developed a technique that allows to leave the thin layer of skin that lies directly on the cashew nut intact. 

    “Well, what difference does it make?,” you ask. Besides adding a heavenly satisfying crunch to it, the skin-on cashew is superior in nutritional value. Compared to naked nuts, our This Is Nuts Skin-on Cashews have 10% less calories, 4.5 times more fiber, and 10 times more polyphenols (powerful antioxidants). This makes them technically a superfood.

    The This is Nuts Skin-on Cashews come in three delightful flavors: tropical cacao, roasted + sea salt, and garlic + pepper, making sure that there’s a flavor for every taste and every mood. They are 100% natural and completely dry roasted, making them perfect for you who are watching your calorie intake.

    When it comes to food products, you can’t really capture their true experience until yourself, and the Skin-on Cashews are no different. We have explained what makes them different and what makes them special, but to truly understand them you’ll need to try them out yourself.

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  • Discovering the Cashew Nut

    It’s tasty, it’s crunchy and full of nutrients, but how much do you really know about the world’s favorite nut - the cashew?

    Nuts and kernels have always been a favorite snack of mine, and the world’s. They are just the perfect bitesize, are super salty and just crunchy enough to crack but not scratch the inside of your mouth. However, one nut stands out among them all, the cashew. I have had cashews in every possible way: cooked in food, raw, roasted and even covered in chocolate, but there was much about the nut I didn't know until recently.

    To start off with, I discovered that the cashew nut is not a nut at all, it’s actually the seed of a fruit known as the cashew apple. Although it looks like something you would want to try out, you most likely never will because they are very perishable, meaning that it will rot quickly after picking. So unless you travel to some tropical forest where cashew trees grow, your chances of trying the cashew apple are very slim.

    However, the cashew apple’s pulp is processed and fermented into a very popular sweet fruit drink and liquor in Brazil.

    The second thing I learned was that all cashew nuts are roasted, even the raw ones. Even more so, since the outer shell of the cashew nut is acidic and can cause serious skin irritations, all nuts are boiled or roasted before they are cracked open by hand and then roasted again.

    While we in the western part of the world know the cashew as a snack or even a treat, it is part of many cuisines around the world, and is used in cooking in places like China, India and Pakistan, among other Asian countries.

    Despite this, the cashew tree is actually not native to eastern Asia, but in fact to an area stretching between Central and South America, including the Caribbean Islands. It was the Portuguese colonists in Brazil who began exporting it during the 1550s and introduced it to the world.

    Even though it’s hard to imagine, the cashew nut has many industrial uses as well. Its shells have been used in the production of lubricants, waterproofing material, paints, and arms since the late 30s.

    Moreover, the “nut” and the fruit are not the only useful part of the cashew tree. In ancient Maya traditional medicine, the tree’s barks and leaves were brewed into a tea that would help them cure diarrhea.

    Although this is not all the cashew tree, or the nut has to offer, I will suffice with this information because it was enough to blow my mind and change the way I looked at the cashew nut. If you know any other interesting facts, please share them with us in the comment section.

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  • Den okända supermaten som du borde äta varje dag!

    Vad är det som innehåller mer fibrer än havregryn, dubbelt så mycket E-vitamin som kiwifrukt och mer kalium än bananer, och ändå är nästan helt okänt? Svaret är tigernötter, en uråldrig supermat som nu håller på att göra comeback.

    Tigernötter, som också kallas för chufas eller jordmandlar, är egentligen inte nötter alls, utan rotknölar som växer under jorden, precis som jordnötter. Trots att tigernötterna var en viktig basvara för våra förfäder, är det idag inte många som känner till dem utanför Västafrika och Spanien, där de odlas. Det är synd, för det finns många anledningar till att äta tigernötter varje dag!

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    Tigernötter är små och naturligt söta, och har en något seg konsistens. De är rika på E-vitamin och mineraler som magnesium, kalium, järn och zink, samt omättade fetter som är bra för hjärtat. Men det är det höga innehållet av prebiotiska fibrer som verkligen ger tigernöten dess välförtjänade supermatstatus. Prebiotiska fibrer består av olösliga kolhydrater som passerar genom magen och tunntarmen utan att smältas, hela vägen till tjocktarmen, där de blir mat åt de goda bakterierna (probiotika). Tillsammans bidrar prebiotika och probiotika (som bla finns i viss yoghurt och fermenterade livsmedel som kimchi, tempeh och saurkraut) till att diversifiera och stärka tarmfloran - biljoner bakterier och mikroskopiska svampar som forskare tror påverkar alltifrån vår matsmältning och kroppsvikt till immunsystemet, aptiten och humöret. Flera studier har visat att en mångsidig och välmående tarmflora kan minska risken för diabetes, fetma, allergi, inflammatoriska sjukdomar och mer.

    Trots att tigernötter innehåller relativt mycket kolhydrater har de lågt glycemiskt index (GI), vilket hjälper kroppen att hålla blodsocker och insulinnivåer stabila. Det gör dem till ett utmärkt mellanmål för diabetiker. Och eftersom tigernötter är 100% nötfria och glutenfria är de också ett bra alternativ för personer med matöverkänslighet och allergier. En handfull tigernötter är en perfekt och kladdfri mellis eller tillbehör till frukosten. Ät dem på jobbet, när du är på språng eller när du är sugen på något sött. I Spanien är det vanligt att göra vegetabilisk mjölk (horchata) och mjöl av tigernötter. Mjölet är en populär ingrediens för både bakning och matlagning, som ett hälsosammare och glutenfritt alternativ till vetemjöl.

    Tigernötter finns inte att köpa i vanliga mataffärer men finns i vissa välsorterade specialbutiker och på nätet. I de nordiska länderna är This Is Nuts Sweden exklusiv distributör av ångrostade Got Guts Tiger Nuts, en ny och unik behandlingsmetod som förhöjer tigernötens smak och naturliga godhet. This Is Nuts säljer även Get Real Tiger Meal, ett helt nötfritt och glutenfritt mjöl gjort på tigernötter. Mjölet kan både användas till bakning och matlagning, och passar till exempel perfekt till barnfavoriten pannkakor!
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