Botany Photo of the Day will have brief written entries on weekends, holidays and my vacations from April through September. – Daniel
Thanks to “Shyzaboy@UBC BG Forums” of Troutville, Virginia for today’s photograph from Panama. Images from the tropics are very welcome!
Although native to northeast Brazil, the cashew is now cultivated in tropical areas throughout the world. Illustrated in today’s photograph are both the double-shelled kidney-shaped fruit containing the cashew nut and the apple-like pseudofruit (cashew apple). Both the cashew nut and cashew apple are edible, but extra effort is required to extract the cashew nut; its double-shell contains urushiol, the same oil found in poison ivy.