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Question: I am trying to get some general information about cashews. I have heard that they do not grow on trees. What kind of plant are they and can they be cultivated in upstate New York?

Answer: Cashew (Anacardium occindentale) is a native of South and Central America. It is a small to medium size evergreen tree which is grown commercially to a modest degree in Florida. The fruit, or cashew apple, that surrounds the nut is sweet and can be eaten fresh. It is difficult to harvest the nut, as a toxic, oily fluid lies between the inner and outer shell.<br><br>No, I would not imagine they could be coerced into accepting the cold climate of upstate New York!

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