The Tree ItselfThe Cashew tree (Anacardium occidentale) itself has been strategically planted in our Forest Gardens as a part of our climate-smart agroforestry initiative. Aside from sequestering carbon from the atmosphere, this super tree exhibits many other environmental benefits:
- It has an incredible ability to stand strong against drought and other severe climate change-related weather changes
- The tree holds water in the ground very well, which helps the other plants in the Forest Garden thrive
- Its leaves help revitalize the land by building up organic matter in the soil
“As we walk in Keba’s Forest Garden, massive cashew trees with thick green leaves tower above and bees hum among their flowers. I can see Keba’s pride as he carefully searches the branches for the first fruit of the season.”
The Nutritious Cashew Apple
“When I asked I asked Keba how much he sells the cashew apples for, his solemn, chiseled face breaks into a smile that stretches ear to ear. ‘I give away more then 150 pounds of the cashew apples every season to the kids in the village.”The cashew apple is a bright, sweet, and tart fruit grown in the dry season in Senegal. The apple is typically not sold and consumed in Western countries but it provides an incredible amount of Vitamin C, Calcium, Potassium, and antioxidants for those who eat it. Many of our farming families and others in their villages love the fruit and its juicy, soft texture. This is good news as it is providing nutrients that our farming families once lacked.
The Money Maker Fruit