Mida Juma, MozaCajú’s head chef, has grown up cooking with cashew nuts. Born and raised on Ilha de Moçambique, a historic island in the northern province of Nampula, Mida loves cooking traditional dishes as well as experimenting to discover fun, new ways to add cashew to her diet.
As she explained to community members at a MozaCajú-sponsored cooking event held earlier this month on Ilha de Moçambique, cashews can be incorporated into a wide range of sweet and savory dishes from curries to cookies to samosas. The cooking event was organized in order to teach community members new recipes that could be prepared for sale in the local market, as well as nutritional recipes that could boost health at home.
The event coincided with a visit by representatives from Caro Nut, a nut roaster and wholesaler that supplies cashew products to Costco, a major U.S. retailer. As consumers in Mozambique and around the world discover the joys of snacking and cooking with cashews, market demand for these protein-rich nuts is growing.