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Jamaican Cashew Juice..... Pungent, Tart, & Harsh #049
June 30, 2009

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Jamaican Cashew Juice

Jamaican Cashew Juice

I visited my aunt Brownie last week and was amazed that she could still cook up the old- time-foods just the same. As a matter of fact, I tried to tell her that I am watching my weight so I can’t eat as much as I used to and she conveniently ignored me.

You see, Aunt Brownie is from the old school. She, and the old folks, believes that you should always eat until your tummy is full. So, if there is a perception that you are not eating an ample amount of food then you will be fed to the max. Well, I don’t have that look as if I am not eating enough food. Be that as it may, she made sure that I was well-fed while staying at her house.

Each morning started with a serving of fresh fruit such as, ripe banana, orange, othaeti apple, or mango. She then served breakfast: Ackee & saltfish with fried bammy and turn plantains, or roasted breadfruit. After breakfast she served Acerola cherry juice, or a blend of Malta with Soursop and Suppligen.

During the day I had nasberry, coconut water, mango, and Soursop juice. But Aunt Brownie surprised me with the one juice that I will never forget…Cashew Juice.

You know, when I was a young man I used to hear the old people talk about certain juices that were good for your nerves. And still today, the belief is the same. Cashew Juice, Tamarind Juice, and Guinep Juice are the juices that supposed to take care of your nerves problem. If that is a fact, I don’t have any data to back that up. All I know is that these juices are delicious when you acquire the taste.

Anyway, my aunt bought some cashews from a local grocer who was selling these cashews at a reasonable rate to get rid of them fast. I knew that because Aunt Brownie was not complaining too much about the price...nuff said.

Now, if you don’t know what cashew is, I will describe it for you.

Cashew is a fruit that bears on a tree. It is as yellow as a ripe banana when ripened and it is shaped like a little pear with the nut hanging from the bottom of the fruit. The roasted cashew nut is sold all over the world as a snack food and for marketing purposes is called ‘cashew’. This is only the nut. The fruit is the cashew and the seed is called the nut.

Now that that is out of the way, the ripened cashew fruit can be eaten just like that when picked from the tree…an exercise which I’ve indulged in many times; however, I have never drunk cashew juice…tamarind and soursop, Yah Mon!!! Many times.

Well, after Aunt Brownie made the cashew juice I told her that I want mine all natural... No extra sugar, sweetened condensed milk, or anything to enhance the taste of the juice.

The juice was delicious. I drank about three pint glasses full over a three day period. I have to say though; it was very tart and pungent. If you can imagine a taste between a lime and an orange with a back taste of a mango.

I did capture Aunt Brownie on my little cheap camera making the cashew juice. If you would like to make Cashew Juice?…get

1 doz. Cashews (fruit)

1 oz. Sweetened Condensed Milk

2 drop Vanilla flavoring

Wash cashew fruit in water and then remove the nut from the fruit. Use your hand to squeeze the fruit juice through a strainer. Now place the fruit into the same strainer and use a spoon to press the cashew fruit against the strainer to remove the rest of the juice.

Pour the juice into a container and mix with the condensed milk and vanilla flavoring.

Pour into glasses with ice and serve.

You can also omit the milk if you want to go all natural, as I did.

Happy Cooking,

Uncle Zack

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