November 23, 2020 – National Espresso Day | National Cashew Day

There’s One Nut You’ll Never See In A Shell, And We Wonder Who Took The First Bite Of This “Apple!?”

Welcome to November 23rd, 2020 on the National Day Calendar. Today we celebrate intoxicating drinks and toxic nuts.

The word espresso in Italian means ‘quick in time.’  In the coffee houses and cafes of the late 1800s this simply meant a coffee expressly made for the person ordering it with freshly roasted and ground coffee beans.  Then in 1901 it all changed.  Luigi Bezzera invented the modern espresso machine which brewed a smaller, more concentrated cup even faster than other methods and with it an intoxicating layer of creamy foam on the top. Known as crema, it’s the holy grail of flavor.  It’s the secret behind delicious coffee creations from lattes to macchiatos to cappuccinos.  It’s the very reason I roll out of bed every morning, knowing that a small corner of perfection awaits me in the kitchen.  On National Espresso Day, espresso your own love for coffee and gratitude for papa Luigi.

When it comes to nuts, cashews are in a class of their own. You’ll find them in any can of mixed nuts, but they’re not exactly like the others. Their unique half moon shape makes them stand out from peanuts, walnuts, and almonds. And unlike pistachios, you’ll never see cashews in a shell. That’s because cashew shells are highly toxic to humans and can cause rashes similar to poison ivy. It makes you wonder what unlucky person first tried to eat one.  Cashews are found deep inside a fruit called a cashew apple and once they are removed from this covering, they’re not only edible, they are delicious. On National Cashew Day celebrate this nut that stands out from the rest.

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