Sunday, November 5, 2006

Flat Stanley Reporting In: #8

Oi guys and gals, by the time you read this, I’ll be on the plane, headed back to the United States.

It’s been a great trip. I think I’ve learned something new every day.
Today, I learned about cashew nuts. Have you ever eaten them before? Well I found out today that the chacarra has several cashew trees.

Since it’s spring here, the trees are budding and starting to produce fruit.

Cashew nuts grow on the top of a fruit, that kind of looks like an apple.
Each fruit grows just one nut. When they get red, like an apple, Brazilians pick them to harvest both the fruit and the nut.

You can’t eat a cashew nut raw, it’s poisonous.
In order to eat it, you have to cook it. The fruit can be eaten like an apple or made into a juice.

Kaylea took my picture next to a green cashew fruit/nut with the help of one of my new Brazilian friends.

It was really interesting to see the tree and the clumps of cashews growing on the branches. Now I know why cashew nuts are so expensive in the U.S.
Well, that’s all from Brazil. I can’t wait to see everyone back at Emerson Elementary. To my fifth grade friends in Mrs. Meintel's class, I’m bringing back a few Brazilian treats to share with you. I hope you have had fun learning about Brazil along with me!

I'll leave you with a picture of my friends in Brazil. I can't wait to tell you all about them.

Until later,
Flat Stanley

Picture info:

Hey look everyone, I'm as tall as a cashew tree. I'm next to a bunch of new nuts growing on the cashew tree.

Cashew fruit/nuts growing in a tree.

An upclose look at a not quite ripe cashew nut/fruit.

The boys living at the International Christian Children's Home in Maceio, AL Brazil.

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