16 responses to “Anacardium occidentale”

  1. Carol

    If the shell contains urushiol, wouldn’t that present a problem to those who “get” poison ivy? I would think it would be difficult, if not almost impossible, to get rid of any traces of the urushiol from the nuts.

  2. Big Al

    The oil is an article of commerce, and is used in Japanese lacquer, and a plastic.

  3. Oldf

    I get Poison Ivy really bad – or I used to when I was young – and I LOVE cashews……..

  4. Mary

    My does that gorgeous photo bring back memories. I used to live in the Caribbean and we made juice out of the cashew apples. So yummy and good for you. It is one of the things I miss about the islands.

  5. Lynne

    Fascinating! I had no idea that was how cashews grew. It’s beautiful.
    With mechanized extracting methods, I assume getting the nut out of the shell isn’t a big problem anymore. But it does make one wonder who first decided it was worth getting “poison ivy” to get at the nut!

  6. Barbara

    Cashews are my favorite nut. Marvelous picture.
    Had no idea they looked like that. It is great because I love to learn something new each day.
    Thank you.

  7. Michael F

    Cashew shell burns are still a serious problem for poorly-paid, poorly-protected workers extracting the nuts in the third world.
    This is something where buying ‘fair trade’ from a company that has good ethical practice will definitely make a difference.

  8. Margaret-Rae Davis

    This a wonderful photograph and so much to learn. I do like cashews but seldom have them. This lets me understand the price of them. I would not have thought the fruit was so colourful.
    Thank you for todays Photo.

  9. Andrea

    There are those who have become so allergic to urushiol from poison-oak (or ivy) that they also have reactions from peeling mangos and cashews–other relatives in the Anacardiaceae.

  10. George L. in Vermont

    When I was in my teens and always ravenous I would sometimes get a jar of raw cashew butter and pig out. If I ate too much my skin would break out in a dermatitis indistinguishable to that from poison ivy.

  11. Jennifer

    hi.. i’m from the Philippines and I am so pleased to see this picture in here.. it brings back memories from my childhood.. i love this tree. i used to climb it, pick the nuts and roast it.. that’s the only way we can get that tasty nut inside otherwise we’ll get itchy..

  12. Bethany

    Hello, just a side comment. When I was in Belize a creole village would use the cashew fruit to create cashew wine. Very good stuff. That’s the only time I’ve heard of it being used for alcohol.

  13. Dawn

    What a wonderful looking tree, and had no idea how cashews grew or were harvested.
    I live in Hawaii and our ‘Mountain Apple’ tree bears fruit that looks very similar without the cashew. Wish it had the cashew.

  14. Gerry

    I think that some processors freeze the nut in its shell to prevent the oil spilling when it is split open.

  15. Abu Hanif

    It’s really nice, what i’ve never seen.

  16. janaki raman

    cashew are the highly economical tree a valuable tree by the yield we get the fruits and seeds

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