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Cashew

About Cashew

Cashew, Anarcadium occidentale, a flowering plant belonging to family Anacardiaceae is allied with mango pistachio, poison-ivy and poison oak. The family contains 73 genera and about 600 species. Anacardium contains 8 species of which the cashew is by far the most important economically.  Cashew is native to Brazil, where it is called by its Portuguese name Caju or Cajuiro.  It is now widely grown in tropical climate for its nuts and apples.  Originally spread from Brazil by the Portuguese, cashew tree today can be found in all regions with a sufficiently warm and humid climate.

Outstanding Cashew Varieties Developed by CRIN

Availability of Cashew

Cashew Production Status Survey of 2000-2001

Uses

  • Snack
  • Apple juice
  • Afforestration
  • Confectionary
  • Cashew wine
  • Cashew Nut Shell Liquid (CNSL) for industrial applications
  • Cashew nut, apple, shell liquid and juice are used in the treatment of diarrhea, asthma, colds, skin infections, burns sore throat, cancerous ulcers, malaria, syphilitic ulcers. , leprosy and elephantiasis.

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