Anacardium occidentale L.
Origin: Tropical America
The cashew nut has two parts, a swollen fleshy stem (the cashew ‘apple’), and the much smaller seed at its tip. The husk around the seed contains an oil used in the chemical industry for lubrication, but which is also capable of burning the skin. Gloves must be worn when removing this husk. The ‘apple’ can be eaten fresh, or can be used in many drinks and foods, including wine and vinegar. The tree fruits in Honduras from March to May.