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Frequently Asked Questions

What is whole food?

Whole food is minimally processed and in its most natural form. Whole foods like cashew nuts provide higher levels of vitamins, minerals, fiber, and antioxidants compared to processed foods. Eating whole foods can reduce the risk of obesity, diabetes, heart disease, and other chronic illnesses. They offer more energy and beneficial plant-based proteins, making them a healthier choice. Demand for whole foods, from organic produce to free-from convenience snacks, promoting healthier eating is increasing year-on-year in the UK.

What is Essina Wholefoods® target market?

Our target market includes health-conscious consumers in the UK looking for high-quality, sustainable, and ethically sourced whole foods, such as our cashew nuts.

Are Essina Wholefoods® Raw and Whole Cashew Nuts organic?

Our current cashew nuts product is not. We, however, plan to launch certified organic and fairtrade product range, ensuring you get the best quality while supporting ethical sourcing.

What grade are your Cashew Nuts?

Our cashews are graded as Extra "white" and classified as whole white 240 (WW240).

Are Essina Wholefoods® in UK cashews free from genetically modified organism (GMO)?

Yes, our cashew nuts are non-GMO and contain only natural genes.

What are some ways to use Essina Wholefoods® Raw and Whole Cashew Nuts?

Our cashew nuts are versatile and can be used in stir-fries, salads, vegan cheese, or as a snack. Check out our recipe section for more ideas.

Are raw cashews safe to eat or do they need to be roasted first due to toxin called 'urushiol'?

As you mentioned, raw cashews in their shells contain a toxin called urushiol, which can be dangerous to consume. However, the raw cashews available in the market have gone through a de-shelling process, which includes steaming or roasting to remove this toxin. They are therefore safe to eat without further processing.

What are the benefits of eating cashew nuts?

Cashew nuts are packed with health benefits, making them a fantastic addition to your diet. They are rich in essential nutrients like protein, healthy fats, vitamins E and K, and minerals such as magnesium, zinc, and iron. Consuming cashew nuts can support heart health, improve bone strength, and enhance brain function. Their high antioxidant content helps in reducing inflammation and protecting against chronic diseases. Additionally, cashew nuts are a great source of energy and can aid in weight management due to their ability to keep you feeling full for longer.

How can I find recipes with whole foods?

Our blog features dozens of healthy and delicious recipes made from whole foods, including our cashew nuts. From Cashew and Sun-Dried Tomatoes Pesto to Vegan Cashew Cheese, our recipes make it easy to incorporate nutritious ingredients into your diet. Share your culinary creations on social media and tag us to inspire our Wholefood UK community.

Are Essina Wholefoods® Cashew Nuts ethically sourced?

Yes, we work directly with smallholder farmers and processors to ensure fair prices and sustainable practices for our cashew nuts.

Is your packaging compostable/recyclable?

Yes, our packaging is recyclable and can be returned to large stores with recycling facilities. We are exploring alternative materials to further reduce plastic waste and move towards a zero-waste approach.

How should I store cashew nuts once opened?

Cashew nuts should be stored in an airtight container or packaging material in an ambient environment, away from direct sunlight.

Where can I find coupons for whole foods?

Join our community to save on wholesome foods. Essina Wholefoods® offers a Subscribe and Save option and exclusive deals through our newsletter and social media. Together, we can build a healthy community with Wholefood choices.

I'm interested in buying some authentic wholefoods, where can I find your store?

Essina Wholefoods® online store plan to offer many authentic whole foods products sourced directly from their countries of origin, including our premium cashew nuts. Our team is passionate about sourcing high-quality ingredients. If you need something specific, contact us and contribute to our sourcing plans.

Does Essina Wholefoods® UK sell any unhealthy or processed products?

We are dedicated to providing only wholesome, unrefined, and natural ingredients. We're excited about our plans to expand our product range to include an even wider selection of nuts, dried fruits, grains, legumes, and seeds. Essina Wholefoods® is committed to quality and transparency in all our Wholefood UK products.

Do you have any plans to source Vietnamese cashews?

While we acknowledge the global processing routes, our focus remains on sourcing high-quality cashew nuts from Africa, where 60% of the world's cashews are grown. This aligns with our mission to support local farmers and ensure the best quality for our customers. By sourcing from Africa, we contribute to sustainable practices and community development.

Will you be making roasted cashews?

Currently, our focus is on launching our organic and fairtrade raw options. We aim to ensure the highest quality before introducing roasted varieties.