Meet the Guatemalan cashew plum and cashew nuts

Rudy Giron: Antigua Guatemala &emdash; Guatemalan Fruits and Nuts: cashew plum, cashew seeds and cashew nuts

Here’s your Guatemalan Spanish word of the day: Marañón or cashew. If it is the cashew plum, we call it jocote de marañón. For the cashew nuts, we say semilla de marañón. Another name for the cashew nut in Spanish is Nuez de la India.

I am back with a studio photograph of the three stages of the cashew fruit, seed and nut. In case you don’t know what the fruit that produces the cashew nut looks like. On the spoon on the left, you can see the cashew fruit or cashew plum, jocote de marañón is what we call it in Guatemala. On the middle spoon, you can see the seed that produces the nut. These seeds are usually roasted or baked and they are cracked open to retrieve the actual cashew nut as seen on the spoon on the right.

Jocotes de marañón, cashew fruit, are now in season in Guatemala and can be found at your local market. ¡Buen provecho!

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  • Janna Rudler

    What kind of flavor does the actual fruit have? I first saw one of these in El Salvador years ago. I was shocked that the cashew grows this way. I never would have guessed!

    • Oh Janna, this is so difficult to explain. It has a very peculiar flavor, I don’t think we can approximate the taste to anything else.

  • Me

    What does the tree look like that produces the fruit/nut?

    • I believe I have a couple of pictures on my photo archive, let me dig them out. Stay tuned!

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  • Nikki

    Can the fruit itself be eaten raw?