During our training we had the opportunity to visit other volunteers in Guanacaste and we were invited by a neighbor of theirs to harvest the cashew nuts (or marañon in Spanish) and then roast them over a fire to eat. Roasting the nut helps to burn off the otherwise irritating toxin found on the shell (or "cascara") as well as give them a really excellent flavor after breaking the shell to extract the nut.
Harvesting the nuts took a reasonable amount of time since there is only one nut (seed) per fruit. Cashews are just as expensive here as in the States and for good reason. It gave me a real appreciation for what it takes for a jar of cashews to arrive in a jar in the grocery store in the States.
Anyway, here's a few pictures of us roasting and sharing some cashews with our fellow Peace Corps volunteer hosts and some of our new friends (their neighbors).
Happily posing for a picture after we've eaten the fruits of our labor. The cashews were harvested from the orchard of the gentleman seated in the middle.