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.