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I love cashews.  They have a sweetness that appeases that sugar craving.  But I don’t think they belong in pesto.  I just recently bought a bunch of basil leaves from the farmer’s market, and they didn’t have pine nuts, which I guess aren’t really in season now.  They didn’t even have a spot for them.  I decided to buy some cashews, which I love.  I know it’s not a particularly sustainable purchase, since they are native to tropical Brazil, but I’m taking baby steps in my move toward sustainability.  And I’m not about to go out and shake down a tree to procure pine nuts.  There is something in the taste of cashews which just doesn’t balance properly with the basil, garlic, parmesan or olive oil.