Cashew - Knowledgebase Question

Tribes Hill, NY
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Question by vakrug
March 12, 1998
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 from NGA
March 12, 1998
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.

No, I would not imagine they could be coerced into accepting the cold climate of upstate New York!

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