Non Traditional Crops: Cashew (Anacardium occidentale)

  • Shrikant Hiwale


Cashew nut is one of the most important items of export from India. The place of origin is Brazil. Other major cashew nut-producing countries are Mozambique, Tanzania, Brazil, Kenya, and Madagascar. Each and every part of cashew nut is useful. The kernels are rich in carbohydrate; unsaturated fats; minerals, like calcium, phosphorus, and iron; and vitamins. The wood is used for firewood, charcoal making, etc. Wood pulp is used to fabricate corrugated and hardboard boxes. It has many medicinal values. Cashew apple can be brewed into tasty wine (fenny), and the remains can be used as cattle feed. There is scope to introduce this crop into the nontraditional area, and its performance in semiarid areas on marginal land is found to be very encouraging.


Bordeaux Mixture Hermaphrodite Flower Cashew Apple Juice Cashew Tree Cashew Plant 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Shrikant Hiwale
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  1. 1.Fruit CropsCentral Horticultural Experiment StationVejalpurIndia

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