Wednesday, August 26, 2015

The Cashew Tree of Pirangi

The cashew tree of Pirangi  in Pirangi do Norte, Brazil covers an area between 7,300 square metres (1.8 acres) and 8,400 square metres (2.1 acres). It is the size of 70 normal sized cashew trees and has a circumference of 500 metres (1,600 ft).

Its spread over a hectare of land was created by the tree's outwards growth. The branches touch the ground because of their weight and create new roots.

It is said the tree was planted in 1888 by a fisherman named Luis Inacio de Oliveira who died at the age of 93, in the shade of his tree.  The tree produces over 60,000 fruits each year.


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