The cashew apple is used for its juicy but acidic pulp, which can be eaten raw or used in the production of jam , chutney , or various beverages. Cashew nuts are a common ingredient in Asian cooking . They can also be ground into a spread called cashew butter similar to peanut butter . Cashews have a very high oil content, and they are used in some other nut butters to add extra oil. Cashew provide essential fatty acids, B vitamins, fiber, protein, carbohydrate potassium, iron, and zinc. Like other nuts, cashews are high in saturated fat; however, eaten in small quantities cashews are a highly nutritious food.