Once I thought cashew nut grow on the cashew tree similar to coconut, but only recently I have found it grows under the fake fruit–cashew apple. It’s an oddness of modern life that you can eat a food for years as a daily intake and never know what the plant it comes from looks like. You might not know if the fruit, vegetable or nut you’re eating came from a tree, a bush or a root.
The cashew tree, native to Brazil, but was exported to India in the 1550s and now a traditional part of Indian cuisine, is a tropical evergreen tree that produces the cashew seed and the cashew apple. Notably, “nut” is defined as a fruit composed of an inedible hard shell and a seed, which is generally edible. Therefore, “cashew nut” is not an actual right description, the “cashew nut” growing under the cashew apple is a cashew seed growing in an extreme position.
Usually the cashew apple is of green, yellow or red color. Although it is edible, it is too perishable to transport. Therefore, much of people eating cashew nuts as their daily nutritious consumption are not aware of what a real cashew is looks like.