The coffee pot is full, there’s vanilla ice cream in the freezer, and the bowl on the counter is full of colorful, juicy fruits. We’re guessing you don’t know where these items come from, and we’re here to tell you it’s not aisle nine at your local grocery store.
Take a minute and see what your everyday food looks like in nature before it’s harvested, processed, and stocked on shelves and produce aisles. You might be surprised!
So, in nature, it looks like cashews grow out of squash, and these protein-packed nuts grow on trees! Who knew? A cashew tree is a tropical evergreen tree that grows cashew seeds and cashew apples (the aforementioned squash).
The “seed” is more commonly known as the cashew nut and is widely consumed as a snack, even making its way into many Southeast Asian dishes. Since 2017, Vietnam, India, and the Ivory Coast have been the major producers of cashews.