Cashew Apples and Why You Probably Have Never Ate One

Cashews are remarkable for many reasons, one being that cashew trees produce an apple-type fruit from which the cashew extends.

Cashew apple on the tree

As you can see here, the cashew grows out of the bottom of the fruit, while the other end attaches itself to the tree.

These apples are not only sweet, juicy and delicious, they contain five times more Vitamin C than an orange. Cashew apples are commonly eaten fresh, cooked, distilled into vinegar or used to make jams and chutneys, as well as potent alcoholic beverages.

Unfortunately the skin is so fragile it makes the fruit too costly and difficult to transport, which is why you probably will never seen one in your local grocery store.

Native to Brazil, but commonly grown in parts of India, Nigeria and Vietnam, the cashew apple is something you will have to travel for in order to experience. If the apple won’t come to you, you will have to go to the apple!

If this is something you are interested in doing you might want to go to Natal, Rio Grande do Norte, Brazil where you can visit the largest cashew tree in the world.