Volume 53 Number 1 Article 1 Pages: 2-9
Year 1999 Month 1
Title: Cashew (Anacardium occidentale L.) Nut and Apple: A Review of Current Production and Handling Recommendations
Authors: J.C. Montealegre, N.F. Childers, S.A. Sargent, L.M. Barros and R.E. Alves
Cashew production has been an important economic activity for many tropical
countries, providing a variety of food and
industrial products (17). The most notable
of its products is the cashew nut.
belongs to the family Anacardiaceae that
also includes mango and pistachio.
tree gets its scientific name, Anacardium
occidentale L., from the heart-shaped nut
(27). The cashew apple is actually a
swollen receptacle, or false fruit, which
supports the true fruit.
Although the apple
resembles a fleshy fruit, the protruding
shell is actually the fruit which contains
the prized kernel, or nut, inside.
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