The cashew is native to Brazil but is widely distributed throughout the tropics, having been carried by early explorers, particularly the Portuguese. The name cashew is derived from the Portuguese caju, which the Portuguese themselves adopted

from the original Indian acaju. The plant produces both a nut and a fruit which is sometimes known as a cashew pear. The

nut is white, sweet, and kidney-shaped, and can be roasted or salted and served with drinks. The fruit can be eaten with

or without preparation, as it has a pleasant, although tart, taste. In Goa, on the west coast of India, the fruit is used

to make a strong liqueur.

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