Tree Species (Scientific Name)
Anacardium occidentale
Food
Fuelwood
Medicinal
Product
English Common Name
Cashew
Indonesian Common Name
Jambu mete, Jambu monyet
Tree Family
Anacardiaceae
Average Leaf Size (cm)
20cm
Length
×
15cm
Width
Tree Height
Shrub (1–10m)
Elevational Range (m)
0–1000m
0 3000
Distribution
Native
Exotic
Exotic in Indonesia

Native to

Region
Americas

Exotic in

SE Asia
Laos, Malaysia, Myanmar, Singapore, Taiwan, Thailand, Vietnam
Indonesia
Java, Lesser Sunda Islands, Sulawesi, Sumatra

Coffee Agroforestry Information

Coffee System
Robusta
Arabica
Coffee Impact
Unknown
Prevalence
Unknown
Cultivation
Planted
Regeneration
Unknown
Tree Management

Planted at 2-3 m spacing within the row and 12-15 m spacing between the rows. Withstands dry periods and poor soil. During the dry months, weeding is necessary. Fertilizer recommended and pests/diseases management may be necessary after trees start producing fruit. Removal of dead/diseased branches necessary. Thinning should be done after ~5 years and lower branches can be pruned. Long lived tree.

Tree Benefits and Uses

Farmer Uses
  • Food
  • Fuelwood
  • Medicinal
  • Product

The tree produces tannin, fruit, nuts, oil, and spice. The cashew apple is eaten fresh or mixed in fruit salads, a drink is prepared from the juice, and young leaves and shoots are eaten raw or cooked. Treats ailments of the skin, and is used for mouth washes and laxatives.

Farm Services
  • Unknown
Biodiversity Benefits
Unknown