An energizing snack that is really hot!
Do you hear Jamaica calling? Our jerk-flavored cashews bring out the deep and fragrant flavors of Jamaican cuisine. These hearty cashew nuts offer a variety of health benefits. Out of respect for the real jerk, in addition to pepper, lime peel and ginger, we also include nutmeg, cinnamon and thyme. Due to the shy taste buds of most westerners, we’ve replaced cayenne pepper. Scotch Bonnet peppers, however, will rightly add to your jerk seasoning. You can find them fresh or powdered and they have a nice shade of orange.
Jerk seasoning has a meaningful history
Since I love to know the story behind the food, the jerk spice holds a special place in my heart. As an amalgamation of African and Taino cultures, the main purpose of Jerk was to preserve meat. The Taino were the native people of the Caribbean on the island. And of course they shared culinary methods with imported Africans. So that slaves who were on the run could not be discovered, they literally brought their kitchen underground. To smother plumes of smoke, they filled cooking pits with spices and leaves. Using flavorings readily available on the island, they turned to native plants. With this in mind, allspice berries, scotch bonnets and thyme perfume the base. Many versions of jerk today add warm spices like nutmeg, cloves, and cumin to replicate the earthy flavors. Gariel Ferguson, famous chef, defines jerk seasoning as “freedom that manifests itself in food”.
Hearty cashew nuts full of potential health benefits
If you are already bringing warmth into your food, you are giving yourself unexpected health benefits. Using hot spices in jerk seasoning cashew snacks will give your body the following benefits.
- Improved blood count
- Reduced anemia
- Less risk of cancer
- Lowering blood pressure and cholesterol
- Increased absorption of copper and magnesium
- Increased metabolism and bone density
- Supports fertility in women and increases testosterone in men
Add nuts to everyday snacking
Although nuts are high calorie foods, the beneficial effects on health are irrefutable. Be on the lookout for more research on the nutritious effects of super nuts. In fact, you can’t go wrong adding moderate servings of nuts. This can be especially the case if your diet is low in fat and protein. If anemia is a potential concern, these hearty cashew snacks will help. They’re also most effective in a weight loss or weight management program. Whether eaten handful or garnished on a salad, you are doing yourself a service. Try adding them to a nifty homemade pasta or slow cooker vegetable curry.
- 2 cups Cashew nuts raw, unsalted
- 1 tablespoon Sunflower oil
- 2 Branches thyme fresh
- 1 lime Seasoning of
- 2 teaspoon ginger fresh, finely chopped
- 1 tablespoon Salt-
- 2 tablespoon black pepper
- 1 tablespoon thyme dried
- 1/2 teaspoon Cloves ground
- 3/4 teaspoon nutmeg
- 1 1/2 teaspoon Cayenne
- 1 1/2 teaspoon cumin
- 1 1/2 teaspoon Curry powder
- 3/4 teaspoon cinnamon
Preheat the oven to 350.
In a small reusable container with a lid, combine all of the ingredients for the jerk seasoning.
In a medium bowl, mix the first five ingredients lightly with a tablespoon * of jerk seasoning.
Bake for 4 minutes or until the cashews are lightly golden brown. Let cool completely before serving. Store in an airtight container for one week.
* This jerk spice mix provides more than you need for the cashew nuts. Try this as a rub on any protein (chicken is traditional) and you will love it. Or save it and use it as a seasoning on the stove to spice up any dish.
SmartPoints (freestyle): 9
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