Cashew Trees

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Anacardium occidentale

Cashew trees produce fruits that have two edible parts. The brightly colored cashew apple is mainly used in beverages, chutneys and vinegar while the cashew nut is mainly consumed fresh after being properly shelled. The nut has many culinary uses such as cashew oil, cashew butter, grounded for garnishes, etc. Both the apple and nut offer many nutritional benefits. 

Cashew Details  
Type Tropical Fruit
Evergreen/Deciduous Evergreen
Tree Size/Habit Short trunk, spreading to 30-40 feet
Fruit Shape/Size Pear shaped 4-7 inches long, 1.5-3 inches long
Fruit Flavor Juicy, Aromatic & Sweet (Cashew Apple)
Skin Color When Ripe Red or Yellow (Cashew Apple)
Fruit Use Fresh Eating, Cooked, Juice (Cashew Apple & Nuts), Oil (Nuts)
Fruit Season Winter
Light Needs  Full Sun
Water Needs Regular Water
USDA Zone 10, Warmer Parts of 9b