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A family eke out a living harvesting cashew nuts and preparing them for sale. There were a cluster of such businesses seen along a roadside somewhere in Tamil Nadu, India. I do not remember the exact location.

Some information from Wikipedia about the cashew:

The cashew tree (Anacardium occidentale) is a tropical evergreen tree that produces the cashew seed and the cashew apple. It can grow as high as 14 metres (46 feet), but the dwarf cashew, growing up to 6 metres (20 feet), has proved more profitable, with earlier maturity and higher yields.

The cashew seed, often simply called a cashew, is widely consumed. It is eaten on its own, used in recipes, or processed into cashew cheese or cashew butter. The cashew apple is a light reddish to yellow fruit, whose pulp can be processed into a sweet, astringent fruit drink or distilled into liquor.
The shell of the cashew seed yields derivatives that can be used in many applications from lubricants to paints.

Originally native to North-eastern Brazil, the tree is now widely cultivated in Vietnam, Nigeria and India. The Portuguese took it from Brazil to Goa, India, between 1560 and 1565. From there it spread throughout South-east Asia and eventually Africa.

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