A beloved nut best known when it's been roasted and salted, blended into butter or made into a dairy-free beverage has shocked the internet with it's nutty appearance of how it grows.
Is it an apple? Is it a seed? The answer is yes.
When someone posted a photo of the tropical evergreen tree that bears the curvy pod, people went nuts.
i was today years old when i learned that this is how cashews grow. pic.twitter.com/nPufY9M4Bl— Colleen Ballinger🎗 (@ColleenB123) September 12, 2019
Twitter users weighed in on the moment they learned that the nut is actually a seed within a hard shell that stems from the cashew apple.
Today I learned cashew nuts grow from cashew apples pic.twitter.com/NXxMiv3E3o— kayloha (@kaylam_o) September 11, 2019
Even a competing nut chimed in -- the well dressed Mr. Peanut replied on Twitter "Nuts, right?!"
Nuts, right?!— Mr. Peanut (@MrPeanut) September 12, 2019
Some other responses compared its appearance to a grumpy old man, which isn't that far fetched since the shells themselves are poisonous.
Wow! Who knew cashews look like angry, old men yelling at you to get off their lawn as they grow? They taste so much better than they look! https://t.co/EOMBqd7HAS— Bumble🐝✈✒🌻☕ (@Bumble6671) September 12, 2019
But the more surprising fact to many was that this whole time the coveted ingredient from a plate of party nuts isn't even a nut, it's a seed from a fruit.
"Unlike many other nuts and seeds, the cashew grows outside the fruit instead of inside, within a kidney-shaped drupe that hangs at the end of the cashew apple’s base," according to researchers at University of California, Davis. "This drupe is considered the 'true' fruit of the tree while the cashew apple is thought of as an accessory or 'false' fruit."
“did you know that cashews come from a fruit” was buried DEEP in my memories— abby🎗 (@hellocmb) September 12, 2019