Are Raw Cashews Safe to Eat? - Glendas Farmhouse

Are cashews safe to eat? The answer is no… and yes… depending on the meaning of “raw.” 

Glenda’s Farmhouse Whole Natural Cashews are safe to eat, as are any other packaged and sold cashews. If your understanding of “raw” is taking the seed directly from the tree, then cashews shouldn’t be eaten because the outer shell contains a toxin similar to the oils from poison ivy. Fortunately, you won’t find cashews in this state available for purchase.

Are Raw Cashews Safe to Eat? Any packaged cashews, including ours, have been pasteurized, but that’s as far as our processing goes. We do not roast or add salt to Glenda’s Farmhouse raw cashews. Order your supply to make your own roasted cashews, cashew “cheese,” or as a healthy addition to various sauces and baked treats. In this form, you have more options when using them.

Unroasted cashews have a soft texture and a sweet flavor. They’re commonly used for various culinary wonders, particularly as a dairy-free diet is becoming more popular. Cashews are often processed to make milk, cheese, heavy cream, and sour cream alternatives.


Nutritional Profile of Cashews

1 serving = 1 ounce = 28.35 grams = ¼ cup = about 1 handful = about 18 whole cashews

  • 157 calories
  • 8.56 g carbohydrates
  • 1.68 g sugar
  • .9 g fiber
  • 5.17 g protein
  • 12.43 g total fat
  • 2.2 g saturated fat
  • 7 g monounsaturated fat
  • 2 g polyunsaturated fat
  • 10 mg calcium
  • 1.89 mg iron
  • 83 mg magnesium
  • 168 mg phosphorus
  • 187 mg potassium
  • 3 mg sodium
  • 1.64 mg zinc

Cardiovascular health benefits from cashew consumption: The unsaturated fats reduce total cholesterol, specifically the LDL cholesterol known as the “bad” cholesterol. Lowering these numbers minimizes the risk of developing atherosclerosis, leading to stroke and heart attack.

The magnesium found in cashews is also highly beneficial. In fact, magnesium is vital to 300+ enzymatic reactions, including those related to digestive metabolism and the creation of fatty acids and proteins. Sufficient intake of calcium must be balanced with sufficient magnesium to prevent dangerous calcification within body systems. Failing to consume enough magnesium leads to insulin resistance, metabolic syndrome, heart disease, and osteoporosis.

Weight loss and weight management associated with eating cashews and other nuts are related to the increased metabolism and more prolonged satiety they provide.

Prevention of gallstones, protection of bone health, and more all come with regular enjoyment of cashews.


Cashews can become rancid if stored improperly and kept for too long. Ideally, within airtight storage containers, placed in a cool, dry, and dark spot in your pantry will mean fresh cashews for a couple of months. You can also keep cashews in an airtight container for a year in the fridge or two years in the freezer. 

If cashews do turn, you will know it by the unpleasant taste.


Since 1904, Andersen & Sons Shelling brand has farmed in Vina, California. Glenda’s Farmhouse is a daughter company of the brand, offering healthy foods based on our values of people, health, sustainable farming, and technical advancements.

Glenda’s Farmhouse offers raw cashews that are safe to eat and useful for various culinary plans. We welcome your order online for shipping directly to your home, and you can reach out with questions or feedback by calling (530) 839-2236 or following this link to contact us online.