What appears to be the fruit of the cashew tree is an oval or pear-shaped accessory fruit or false fruit that develops from the receptacle of the cashew flower. Called the cashew apple, better known in Central America as "marañón", it ripens into a yellow and/or red structure about 5–11 cm long.
The true fruit of the cashew tree is a kidney or boxing-glove shaped drupe that grows at the end of the pseudofruit. Actually, the drupe develops first on the tree, and then the peduncle expands into the pseudofruit. Within the true fruit is a single seed, the cashew nut.
The cashew apple is oval or pear-shaped. It ripens into a yellow and/or red fruit about 5–11 cm long
Selecting and Buying
Preparation and Use
Conserving and Storing
This fruit does not store well due to it's fragility. It is best stored dried and reconstituted for use.