The Cajew or Cashew Apple of Malabar
Artist: Forbes, James
Plate thirty-seven from the first volume of James Forbes' "Oriental Memoirs". Forbes(1749-1819)was appointed Warehousekeeper of the last English Factory at Anjengo, South Travancore in 1772. While stationed there his chief enjoyment were the excursions he made along the 'fertile plains, the hills clothed by mango, cashers and cassia trees, bounded by the stupendous gauts, towering in rude magnificence'. This illustration 'represents the Cajew Apple and Nut in all the various stages, displayed at the same time among the leaves and blossoms of this beautiful tree; which is one of the chief ornaments in the Malabar landscape, and is planted on each side of the public roads in many parts of Travancore, to shade the travellers.'