The Cashew fruit

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The power of the cashew fruit

South of the Brazilian city of Fortaleza, we found an ancient, long abandoned plantation, overgrown with a variety of wonderful plants: cupuacu palms, mango trees and murici bushes amidst blossoming maracuja hedges and giant cashew trees.

From all this, we selected the plant with the best cosmetic properties for Santaverde: the vividly orange-coloured fruit of the cashew tree, rich in vitamins, minerals and especially powerful antioxidants (vitamin C, polyphenols, carotenoids). Antioxidants protect the skin from oxidative stress, which is generated by free radicals and significantly affects the skin-ageing process.

The locals have attributed known medical and ritual effects to the cashew since ancient times, much like the Aloe plant.

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Harvesting and processing the cashew

The formerly abandoned Cashew plantation is now full of life again, and is being farmed by a local family. At the fazenda, the ripe cashew fruit are picked by hand and immediately pressed into juice, all done by the rules of organically certified processing.

The fruit is highly perishable and needs to be processed within a few hours, meaning we have to work by hand to ensure the fruit remains fresh.

Cashew - cultivation and processing in Brazil

In northeastern Brazil, near the city of Fortaleza, Santaverde grows organic cashew on its own farm. Antonio, the foreman on the farm, introduces the fruit.

Duration: 3:12 min

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Uses of the Cashew juice

Following discussions with the locals in Brazil and scientists at the University of Fortaleza, we decided to use the cashew as the key plant for our xingu anti-ageing range. All XINGU products are based on an elixir of hand-peeled Aloe Vera leaves and Cashew juice.

We found the perfect supplement to the ingredients of the cashew fruit in the tropical rain forests on the banks of the River Xingu – centuries-old, exceptionally powerful plants grow here from which we extract precious antioxidant oils for our XINGU cosmetic range. The Xingu is one of the holy rivers of the natives, and stands for vitality and endless fertility, which is why we chose it as the name for our Xingu 'Age Perfect' range of cosmetics.

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Hand processing

By using only manual labour, we can ensure the livelihood of the local population, preserve the rain forest and give ourselves the assurance that exclusively 100 % pure juice, oils and extracts with the entire active ingredient complex of the fresh plants will end up in our cosmetics.

This is how we achieve a unique concentration of active ingredients whose scientifically proven strength protects the skin from oxidative stress, and make sure that we fulfull our ethical aims.

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The Cashew – Anacardium occidentale

The cashew tree (botanical name: Anacardium occidentale) grows in tropical climates and bears the cashew fruit, also known as cashew apples, and the cashew kernels. The first Europeans to discover the plant in the northeast of Brazil were the Portuguese, and now the Cashew is grown in Africa, Asia and Latin America.

It is an evergreen broad-leafed tree that reaches a height of between 10 and 12 metres. The English name cashew comes from the Portuguese name Caju from the Amerindian Tupi Acaju "Nierenbaum" translated as 'kidney tree' – presumably due to the shape of the nuts.