Guest reviewer and natural beverage enthusiast George Tsakiridis returns with another review.
In earlier reviews, we here at BevReview looked at O.N.E. Coconut Water, O.N.E. Amazon Acai, and O.N.E. Coffee Fruit Drink. In this installment we review O.N.E. Cashew Fruit. Again, the uniqueness of the TetraPak was discussed in the Coconut Water review.
So, cashew fruit? I know that more than one of you out there is wondering what in the blazes is cashew fruit. I know I was. A quick look at the label and some familiarity with the coffee fruit drink helps explain. Apparently cashew fruit is the “fruit” surrounding the cashew nut. Because of our world of processed foods, we don’t see what the cashew fruit looks like because we get the nuts, roasted and with a dash of salt in a nice bag.
The ingredients in this flavor are as follows: “Water, cashew fruit puree, organic cane juice, citric acid and Vitamin C.” The label tells us that the drink is “Rich in Vitamin C” and it may help “calm the stomach,” “soothe the throat,” and “promote healthy skin.” As far as the Vitamin C content, I find it interesting that various foods and drinks advertise that they are high in Vitamin C, but don’t always deliver.
According to the label, this contains 148% of a person’s daily-recommended dosage of C. To compare, a 500mg tablet of Vitamin C contains over 800% of the recommended dosage. All this to say, anyone taking Vitamin C supplements is already getting far more C, and a 500mg tablet still isn’t a lot of C if you are taking it to fight a cold. This is more an aside, but just to show how labels sometimes read – nothing against ONE in particular. In fact they state that “[o]ne cashew fruit contains more Vitamin C than an orange, with less acidity.” Of course, we are left to wonder how much of a whole cashew fruit is actually contained within the TetraPak.
So let’s get to the drink. The aroma in opening the pak is that of roasted turkey lunch meat from the refrigerated section of the grocery store. Upon further inspection, this is definitely not the smell that is present, but something initially presented an allusion to that.
The look of the drink is that of an opaque white grapefruit juice that doesn’t have any pulp in it. Although this doesn’t seem to bode well for the taste, it is actually kind of a nice, fruit flavor. I am sure the cane juice is helping there, but it kind of tastes like a nice sugar water with an understated fruit flavor. There is a familiar taste there, but I can’t put my finger on it. The flavor kind of rolls over the tongue and then disappears somewhat quickly. There is a slight tang or pop to the flavor, but there isn’t really a strong aftertaste. It is pretty clean in general. There is sort of a lemonade quality to the drink, but without the sourness.
So, where does this leave us? I think this is a unique flavor that has some upside. I like it, but I am still getting used to the newness of the concept of drinking a cashew fruit flavored drink. If the health benefits are actual, as far as soothing the throat and helping skin health, I could be persuaded. The stomach-calming claim also may be useful in combination with certain foods. This is something that asks for future research.
I can see this as a nice compliment to certain picnic foods, or a replacement for lemonade on a hot day. I am hesitant to recommend it, because it is indeed so different a concept and many readers may be reticent to like it, but it is good, and once the “shock” of the idea of drinking cashew fruit wears off, you are left with a decent drink with possible upside.