Cashew Fruit and Nuts

We visited the local village today to collect some cashew nut seeds so we can plant them around our farm, we have many growing already.

The Cashew tree is a tropical tree, native to Brazil, the Portuguese took it to plant in India where they spread through SE Asia and eventually Africa.  It grows very easily.

An edible apple fruit develops from the receptacle of the cashew flower, it’s high in vitamin C, (my children weren’t fond of it but the locals have the apple and discard the nut).  The cashew nut is inside a kidney shaped shell attached to the bottom of the apple.   There is a caustic liquid inside the shell that can cause severe burns so careful when handling.

Shelling the nuts is a difficult process:  Freezing the shells and then separating the shell from the nut before it thaws is one way to remove the nut, but gloves, long clothes and safety glasses need to be used.  Another way is to heat oil to 210 degrees celsius and drop the nuts for 2 minutes, cool in a bucket of water and shell them.  Roasting the nuts for a minute in a fire and then place the nuts into something absorbent to remove the last caustic liquid.

The Cashew Fruit and Seed

Cashew Nuts Seeds

Seeds have sprouted

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About earthboys

Nature is our way of living. It is a gift to cherish and share with our loved ones. Nature is also our gift to our children. It has allowed them to unfold in a graceful childlike way. Growing up in Southern Africa amidst the wildlife, I, myself feel the significance of what nature offers, a call for environmental enlightenment and a unearthing of the relationships between plants, insects and wildlife. We have provided our children with a safe paradise where they can enjoy and be one with nature, playing with worms, watching an ant trail, flitting along after a butterfly, gathering, smelling and admiring a beautiful flower, building sand structures of mountains and lakes. They are always happy when they are outdoors. Their relationship with our animals is one full of love and caring. Our children have brought us great joy and happiness. This blog is dedicated to them, and an inspiration to others.
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