The cashew (Anacardium
occidentale) is served as a snack or used in recipes, like other nuts, although
it is actually a seed. The fats and oils in cashew nuts are 54% monounsaturated
fat (18:2), 18% polyunsaturated fat (18:2), and 16% saturated fat (9% palmetiic
acid (16:0) and 7% stearic acid (18:0). Cashews are a source of dietary trace
minerals copper, manganese, magnesium and phosphorus.