Elena’s Easy, Breezy Summertime Dip

Elena Volkova made this in our store, and everyone loved it. There’s perfect balance between sweet and salty, and Elena says if you’re taking the Chinese approach, this is wonderful over bitter, dark greens.

Did you know that cashews, native to the coastal areas of Brazil, were taken by Portuguese explorers in the 16th century to other tropical regions of the world such as India and Africa? According to an internet site, The World’s Healthiest Foods, “The cashew tree has always been a prized resource owing to its precious wood, cashew balm and cashew apple, but the cashew nut itself did not gain popularity until the beginning of the 20th century.” We’re lucky we live in modern times then, aren’t we?