Growing Cashews

“Are you thinking of a fruit tree to plant in your backyard? Do you find it hard to choose a plant that will be suited for our tropical weather? Well, why don’t you consider cashews? It can actually grown in your own garden.”

What Do Cashew Plants Look Like?

Growing Cashews

Cashew trees are attractive trees with large leaves and pretty, pink flowers.

Cashews, as you know them, are nuts. But the cashew nut is not the only fruit of the cashew trees. Or rather, the cashew nut is only a part of the cashew fruit.

The other part is called the cashew apple. (Although pear would suit it much better…) And if I wanted to be super accurate then I’d have to point out that the cashew apple is actually the swollen stem of the fruit.

Anyway, you can see some ripe cashew apples in the picture.

Growing Cashews

The cashew apple looks very attractive with its red cheeks. It’s high in Vitamin C, refreshing, very juicy, but a bit acidic. And it leaves a furry feeling in your mouth…

I use it together with other fruit in juices or blended into fruit yogurt etc. It’s also very nice when dried. In fact, I grow cashew trees more for the apples than for the nuts…

The cashew nut is inside the funny looking, kidney shaped shell that is attached to the bottom of the cashew apple. Also inside that shell is a very nasty, caustic liquid that causes severe burns, so be careful when handling it. More on processing and shelling cashews later.

Where Can You Grow Cashew Trees?

You can grow cashew trees anywhere in the wet/dry tropics. The main producers of cashew nuts are Brazil, India, Vietnam, Africa (Tanzania and Mozambique) and South East Asia.

Day temperatures for growing cashews should not drop below 10°C (50F), and cashew trees handle temperatures above 40°C (105F) well. An average day temperature of around …


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