Everybody knows about cashew nuts. What most people don’t know is that the nuts are just a small part of the tropical, Brazilian fruit caju, which is typical from Northeastern Brazil or Região Nordeste. Although caju is found in other tropical areas of the world, it is originally from Brazil.
The picture above shows cajus and you can see the cashew nut (castanha, in Portuguese) on the edge of the fruit. In Brazil, we eat the fruit and make juices, smoothies, and candied fruit with it.
Caju has exquisite flavor and texture. I very much encourage you to try caju juice and the fruit itself when you are in Brazil.
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Yum. I tried a caju juice when I visited Brazil, and it was delicious. It’s very hard to describe what it tastes like, as I can’t think of a similar tasting fruit. Definitely a must-try if you are there.