Cashew nuts growing on Koh Chang, Thailand

The Story of the Humble Cashew Nut

Ever wondered where cashew nuts come from? I’d never seen how they grew until I was traversing the island of Koh Chang in Thailand, wind whipping through my hair as I sat perched on the back of a motorbike. It was the smell rather than the sight that drew my attention. Pungent, rotting, red, mushy fruit, lying underneath sweeping cashew tree branches. Who would have thought that this buttery nut, starring in Thai dishes such as…