Cashew nut, Cashew Apple. Small size tree that will produce fruit within 1-2 years; will successfully fruit in container. The actual fruit is the nut, the apple is a swollen stem. Cashew apple is eaten fresh or stewed. It has a sweet-astringent taste. Nut itself is caustic until roasted. Must be roasted outdoors because fumes are irritating. Very fast growing under favorable conditions, it may fruit in container, within 2 years from seed. Tolerates very poor soil and drought, as well as salty wind.