The actual fruit is the nut, the "apple" is a swollen stem. Cashew "apple" is eaten fresh, candied, or stewed. They have a sweet & astringent taste, and are somewhat chewy. The nut itself is caustic until roasted, and they should be roasted outside because the fumes can be irritating. They are very fast growing under favorable conditions, and they can fruit in just two years.
Cashew Juice - Did you know that the cashew tree not only produces the well known cashew nut, but also a nutrient rich fruit, called the cashew apple? The cashew juice from this fruit is one of the top selling juices in Brazil.
Cashew fruit juice was introduced eight years ago by Suppalak, the first drink of its kind in Asia. Today, the product is offered in several flavors. Cashew fruit juice is a healthy drink which can help cure a sore throat and improve the digestive system.
“The cashew fruit juice is high in vitamin C and contains antioxidant and anti cancer substances. Now local farmers don’t throw away cashew fruit ; instead they learn how to collect the fruit for sale to factories.”, said Suppalak. Cashew fruit juice can help farmers earn more income, as another product they can sell. Cashew fruit juice has received a patent and has already been exported to Austria and Turkey.
Cashew Wine - Everyone knows that cashew nuts are consumed for food, but cashew wine, which is made from the cashew apple, is a very popular drink in West Africa.