The cashew tree is a tropical evergreen tree which produces the cashew apple and cashew seed. The cashew seed, which is simply called cashew, is widely consumed. It can be eaten raw, roasted, used in recipes, or processed into cashew butter and cashew cheese. The cashew apple is light reddish to yellow fruit, whose pulp can be processes into a sweet, astringent fruit drink or distilled into liquor. The species is originally native to northeastern Brazil. Major production of cashews, today, occurs in India, Vietnam, Nigeria and Ivory Coast.