A halved Anacardium occidentale fruit with red skin attached with the nut shell exposing yellow pulp held in a hand
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Anacardium occidentale (Cashew Apple and Cashew Seed)

Colombia has five native species of the genus Anacardium, but this one is naturalized in Colombia. It is not widely cultivated commercially, even though northern Colombia has the perfect climate for commercial cultivation. Instead much of such land is used for cattle. In the supermarkets cashews are relatively expense. It is called marañón in Colombia and sold on the streets in bottled jars where a different roasting process makes the cashew darker and crunchier. The highly perishable fruit below the cashew seed is edible and normally used for juice; however it is only sold on a limited basis in street markets. The juice is astringent. Inside the shell is is a caustic liquid that will burn you, so to get at the nut which can also be eaten fresh you need to be very careful to avoid the liquid. Photographed in Barranquilla.

A red Anacardium occidentale fruit held in a hand
Five yellow Anacardium occidentale fruit in a black bowl
A cluster of Anacardium occidentale green fruit hanging from a tree
A handful of salty cashews in a hand
An Anacardium occidentale inflorescent with rose-pink and white flowers
A bowl of yellow Anacardium occidentale fruit
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