How did Cashew nut get it’s name?

By one story this is how the nut got its name…

A foreigner in Kerala asked a seller, “What are these?” He was obviously asking about cashew nuts as we know them today.

The Indian Keralite seller could not understand the foreign language and he gave a response in Malayalam that he thought would help him sell and save the day for both, he said “Cashine ette”

Translated this would mean ‘8 nuts for 1 unit of money (whatever unit was used in those days)’

I am not sure if the seller sold his stuff. However, the foreigner’s mind heard ‘Cashew Nut’ and he took it as an answer for the name of the nut.

If this story is true it’s a piece of history to be cherished.

People around us always give us interesting information. What I hear, I jot them down in my blog:


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