The Cashew tree is a tropical evergreen tree that produces the Cashew Nut and the Cashew Apple. It can grow as high as 14 m, but the Dwarf Cashew, growing up to 6 m, has proved more profitable, with earlier maturity and higher yields. The Cashew nut, often simply called a cashew, is widely consumed. It is eaten on its own, used in recipes, or processed into cashew cheese or Cashew Butter. The shell of the Cashew seed yields derivatives that can be used in many applications from lubricants to paints.
The Cashew Apple is a light Reddish to Yellow fruit, whose pulp can be processed into a sweet, astringent fruit drink or distilled into liquor. It undertakes numerous activities, such as organising global buyer-seller meets as well as studies on nutritional aspects of cashew, and providing support to Cashew processors and exporters for improving infrastructure.