Which Fruit is That? Eight Favourite Tropical Fruits

Cashew Apple. Photography by Dean Barnes
Cashew Apple. Photography by Dean Barnes


No, not the nut, the fruit. Also called cashew apple, this is the yellow or reddish-orange part that grows above the nut and is attached to the stem. It somewhat resembles a bell pepper. Some peel and eat it fresh. Taste can range from tangy sweet to bitter. Others boil it in a sugar syrup (make by combining one part sugar to one part water and bring to a boil), pickle it or use in curries and chutneys. Wear kitchen gloves or use a towel to protect hands when separating the nut from the fruit. Raw cashew nuts contain a natural resin called urushiol that can cause a skin rash.

Calories in Fruit

Cashew apples contain 39 calories each, twice an adult’s requirement for Vitamin C and minerals such calcium, phosphorus and iron.

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Carol M. Bareuther, RD, is a St. Thomas, U.S. Virgin Islands based marine writer and registered dietitian.