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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 from them by a special process 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.

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