Botanical Name : Anacardium occidentale
Tamil Name : முந்திரி இலை / Mundiri Ilai
English Name : Cashew Leaf Powder
Malayalam Name : കശുവണ്ടി / Kappamavu, Kasumavu, Parangimavu
Hindi Name : काजू के पत्ते / Kaju, Cajou, Cajuil
Telugu Name : జీడిపప్పు ఆకులు
The cashew tree, named after the botanical name Anacardium occidentale, grows in tropical evergreen forests, producing high-priced cashew seeds and cashew apples. The tree is capable of growing up to 46 feet, but also has dwarf cashews that can grow up to 20 feet. These dwarf cashews are more profitable with earlier maturity and higher yields.
This type of cashew tree is only found in North American countries such as Northeastern Brazil, Central America, and the Caribbean. This means that the Portuguese colonists in Brazil did not start exporting cashew nuts since the 1550s. India, Ivory Coast, and Vietnam were major producers in 2017.
Its oval-shaped leaves, which have a hard midrib, are known for their medicinal properties. Each leaf is 10 to 20 cm long and 7 to 12 cm wide. Younger cashew leaves are considered better for various treatments than mature cashews. These young leaves are purple-green on the top and bright green below. Young leaves have a tough spinach-like texture, which gives it a firm, energetic feel.
Young cashew leaves can be eaten intact, and are usually added to salads for flavor and garnish. You can eat it as an evening snack by rubbing it in a spicy sauce or adding fish if you like.
Their astringent taste helps keep the spicy foods cool. For daily use, these cashew leaves can be stored in a bag and stored in the refrigerator for several days.
The leaves contain minerals like zinc, calcium, magnesium, manganese, potassium, iron, phosphorus, protein, sodium, and copper, which are necessary for healthy body growth.
The body needs antioxidants to fight the free radicals that are the greatest harm to the human body, and cashew leaves play a major role in this antioxidant process.
In the Philippines and other countries, young leaves of cashews are used to treat chronic ailments and various skin diseases. Its bark is also used to solve a variety of health problems and has great health benefits.
It uses cashew leaves to treat diabetes, allergies, psoriasis, kidney stones, anemia, gallstones, and heart disease.
It plays a role in healthy bones, teeth, and skin growth and also promotes hair growth. It boosts the immune system by increasing red blood cells and can be used to treat cancer.
There are no side effects in using this product, and you can consider the medical advice for the usage of this product during pregnancy.
Harvesting & Manufacturing Methods
All herbs are 100% naturally harvested, dried, and pulverized without the chemical interactions that assure the natural herb powders.