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You probably eat a lot of different types of foods in a day, but have no idea how they actually make it to your plate. Yeah, we all know apples grow on trees and chocolate milk comes from brown cows (lol JK), but stuff like cashews, do you know how do they actually grow? Well, I’m about to tell you, and you, like the internet will probably be SHOOK.
Backtracking for a second—this conversation all got started when current Broadway star Colleen Ballinger, known for her YouTube persona Miranda Sings, tweeted out a photo showing how cashews are grown. It’s not simply in the ground or hanging alone on a tree like you might expect. Nope. They’re grown on fruits called cashew apples, which are known as “accessory fruits,” AKA you’re not actually supposed to eat them, according to TIME. Though that may sound fine and dandy, the images of them are horrifying looking.
Many people were creeped out just by their overall appearance, with some seeing faces in the fruits and others just generally being terrified. For others, what scared them is the reality of each cashew being on one cashew apple, and how much it would take to fill a container full of them.
Though many made jokes, others took this as an opportunity to point out that the reality of harvesting cashews is even more horrifying than how they look when they grow. Cashews are grown in hard shells surrounded by cardol and anacardic acid which can cause horrible burns when harvested, according to The Telegraph. Many women who harvest them in India have had their hands permanently damaged by the process and the cashew harvesting process in Vietnam prompted TIME to call the process “blood cashews.”
As The Telegraph pointed out, if this has shocked you and you want to act, you can buy Fair Trade cashews and even encourage your local supermarket to examine where their cashews are coming from.