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Which Fruit is That? Eight Favourite Tropical Fruits

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

Cashew

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