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Tuesday, April 1, 2008

New Fruit

posted by on April 1 at 11:32 AM

Who knew how sexy cashew trees are? Last week I had cashew fruit and wondered if it was a marketing ploy or a real fruit.
Finally had time to investigate and turns out it’s pseudo-fruit… a swollen peduncle (a stalk bearing fruit) that grows behind the real fruit that yields the cashew nut (which is actually not a nut but a seed from within the true cashew fruit). The true cashew fruit isn’t edible; it contains a skin irritant similar to poison ivy. The pseudo-fruit is juicy and sweet but fragile and very perishable, so the fresh fruit isn’t exported outside South and Central America (where it’s known as marañón)).

You can try a cashew fruit smoothy at that trippy little Acai Vida juice bar (upstairs in the Harvard Market at E Pike and Harvard). It’s a good match with rich acai berry pulp.

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In Brazil it's called caju (cah-ZHOO, accent over the u). The j in Portuguese is a soft j.

Posted by ivan | April 1, 2008 12:03 PM

swollen peduncle is my new nickname

Posted by bo | April 1, 2008 12:05 PM

Yay! More botany news please!

Posted by ams | April 1, 2008 12:19 PM

This post was just an excuse to post that picture right?

Posted by PA Native | April 1, 2008 2:41 PM

Mmmmm... peduncle.

Posted by treacle | April 1, 2008 3:17 PM


Posted by wbrproductions | April 1, 2008 5:00 PM

Is that apple taking a shit?

Posted by john | April 1, 2008 5:03 PM

I'm a little stunned to learn that apples and other pomes are false fruits too. The world is strange. What I need is some of that Nicaraguan cashew-apple wine, or distilled fenny. WHERE CAN I GET FENNY? Thank you Amy Kate, and Wikipedia, for this exotic plant lesson.

Posted by Fnarf | April 1, 2008 6:00 PM

That's what my scrot looks like after sitting through a whole 9-inning game without going to the backroom.

Posted by Krizpie Kreme | April 1, 2008 6:28 PM


Posted by Fnarf | April 1, 2008 7:33 PM

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