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by hromero ⌂ @, Sunday, May 06, 2018, 16:10 (196 days ago)

I learned today that marañon (i.e. cashews) can be grown here locally. I love cashews and we will be planting a tree on our property in the near future so that we can enjoy some fresh roasted cashews.

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by Talley Ho @, Sunday, May 06, 2018, 19:46 (196 days ago) @ hromero
edited by Talley Ho, Sunday, May 06, 2018, 23:12

We used to park our motorhome across the street from El Manglar at Costa Bella. Rodrigo Campos has had a beautiful cashew tree there for years, and we loved it so much that we will be planting one this summer near the street where it's visible.

We won't be making the nuts edible for humans, it's quite an involved, dangerous process. However, it's a beautiful tree, great fruit, and kind of fun to suck on the cashew apples.

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by frostbite ⌂ @, Hamilton MT, Sunday, May 06, 2018, 20:14 (195 days ago) @ Talley Ho


We won't be making the nuts edible for humans, it's quite an involved, dangerous process. However, it's a beautiful tree, great fruits, and kind of fun to suck on the cashew fruit.

What's involved and dangerous about making the nuts edible for humans?

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by Talley Ho @, Sunday, May 06, 2018, 21:03 (195 days ago) @ frostbite

Arsenic. Look it up!

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by golden boy @, Winnipeg, Sunday, May 06, 2018, 21:54 (195 days ago) @ Talley Ho

A Cashew is not a nut but a seed (of a drupe)

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by Timmac @, Steilacoom, WA, Sunday, May 06, 2018, 22:28 (195 days ago) @ Talley Ho

I can’t find anything related to arsenic. The shell contains a toxin treated to poison oak and can cause skin irritation, and potential problems if the raw unshelled seed is invested. “Though really seeds and not nuts, cashews grow inside of a shell-like structure that grows on a fruit. When buying “raw cashews” in the store, take note that these nuts have actually been steamed and are not entirely raw. This is because raw cashews contain urushiol, which is the same chemical that you’d find in poison ivy. It can cause the body to have a very similar reaction to one experienced from poison oak or ivy. If a high level of urushiol is ingested, it can be deadly. Cashew poisoning is rare, but those who handle them in order to manufacture them to get the shell off sometimes experience the side-effects.

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You are absolutely correct

by Talley Ho @, Sunday, May 06, 2018, 22:48 (195 days ago) @ Timmac

You are absolutely correct. I should know better than to post based on my memory rather than double checking the facts. My mistake. I'll try not to make it again.

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You are absolutely correct

by Timmac @, Steilacoom, WA, Monday, May 07, 2018, 07:54 (195 days ago) @ Talley Ho

You'd still have to be pretty careful with them, i.e. wear gloves when shelling them, to avoid getting a nasty rash. But as long as you didn't eat unshelled ones you'd be OK. Many years ago in Greecw we had some that were literally a ouple of hours of the tree that were giant sized and simply incredible. Once your tree gets going, perhaps a new "side business?" :-]

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You are absolutely correct

by qwerty @, Oregon, USA, Tuesday, May 08, 2018, 11:43 (194 days ago) @ Timmac

In the late eighties I bought a large bag of cashews at a very low price at a Chinese grocery store in the Boston suburbs. A week or so later I broke out with blisters all over my body, diagnosed as poison ivy. While I might have been physically exposed to a small amount of poison ivy at the time through routine gardening and spring cleanup, that exposure was thought to have been exacerbated by eating what were most likely improperly shelled cashews. I had to take systemic steroids and use a strong steroid topical to get it under control. Eating self-harvested cashews is not a good idea.

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by joe26170 @, Full time in Z, Tuesday, May 15, 2018, 09:37 (187 days ago) @ Talley Ho

Apple seeds have low levels of arsenic

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by bobnamy @, Monday, May 07, 2018, 13:00 (195 days ago) @ hromero

Humberto, you may want to research whether you need to plant two trees to get fruit. If the tree you plant requires pollination you will need to plant nearby a compatible pollinator tree. Otherwise your single tree will never bear fruit.

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by Talley Ho @, Monday, May 07, 2018, 15:04 (195 days ago) @ bobnamy

They don't need two.

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by hromero ⌂ @, Tuesday, May 08, 2018, 16:46 (194 days ago) @ bobnamy

Good info, thanks for that thought. I will check into it.

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