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Cashew Fruit Salsa
Categories:Beef & Pork, Vegetarian, Other
Ethnic Origins:Creole, Belizean, Other
Recipe Courtesy of:
 Lisa Westby
 Westwind Hotel
Ingredients:
2 jalapenos
2 cashew fruits (see notes)
chopped onions
chopped garlic
diced tomatoes
salt & pepper to taste
Instructions:
Dice up the jalapenos and use the seeds according to your tolerance for heat. Slice off the ends of the cashew fruit (they are bitter) and dice the remaining fruit. Add mixture to chopped onions, garlic, diced tomatoes, salt and pepper.
Notes:
This mixture can also be used to create a nice sauce. Puree it in a blender or cuisineart, add sausage and serve over penne pasta.

Cashew Fruit: Anacardium occidentale (cashew) is a tree in the flowering plant family Anacardiaceae. The plant is native to northeastern Brazil, where it is called by its Portuguese name Caju (the fruit) or Cajueiro (the tree). It is widely grown in tropical climates for its nuts and cashew apples.

What appears on the tree to be the "fruit" of the cashew tree is an oval to pear shaped pseudo fruit or false fruit that develops from the receptacle of the cashew flower. Called cashew apple, it ripens into a yellow and/or red structure about the size of a plum or pear.

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