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Cashews – Strange Fruit

Cashew nuts grow out of a “strange apple”.  A truly bizarre sight for first-timers and testament to the limitless possibilities of Mother Nature. The famous Cashew nut needs no introduction, it is prized and famous the World over. The cashew apple however though unknown in the West is actually a popular delicacy in some parts of the World. It is eaten fresh, cooked in curries, or fermented into vinegar and even an alcoholic drink. In parts of South America, natives regard the cashew [...]

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Walnuts – The Oldest Nut

Walnut is an ancient tree that is thought to have grown when there was only one super-continent on earth, Pangea. After that continent broke up and drifted apart to make the World and continents that we know today (a process still in motion), the Walnut trees became scattered across various continents. Now Walnut trees grow across the north temperate Old World stretching from southeast Europe and east to India, China and Japan. It grows widely in the New World from southeast Canada [...]

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Coconut – Tree of Life

The scientific name for coconut is Cocos Nucifera. Early Spanish explorers called it coco, which means “monkey face” because the three indentations (eyes) on the hairy nut resembles the head and face of a monkey. Nucifera means “nut-bearing.” The coconut provides a nutritious source of meat, juice, milk, and oil that has fed and nourished populations around the world for generations. On many islands coconut is a staple in the diet and provides the majority of the food eaten. Nearly one third [...]

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