The Cashew Tree: Lessons in Facing Adversity – Rosaliene Bacchus

Three Worlds One Vision

Largest Cajueiro in the World - Natal - BrazilWorld’s Largest Cashew Tree – Natal – Northeast Brazil

Source: braziltravelbuddy.com

Trees have always fascinated me. In my native land, Guyana, fruit trees abound and flowering trees lined the main avenues of our capital, Georgetown. They beautified our city and brightened my life. Before I was born, their robust trunks had withstood the forces of Nature. They will continue to stand tall and radiant long after I have passed away.

When we moved to Fortaleza (CE), I fell in love with the cashew tree: o cajueiro (ka-ju-ay-ru). Native of Northeast Brazil, it flourished in the hot tropical climate and sandy soils of the region – responsible for over 95 percent of the nation’s cashew production. They are cultivated commercially for the production of cashew nuts, one of the major exports of the State of Ceará to the United States. The shape, vivid colors, and nut of the caju (ka-ju)

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  • Ron. Persaud  On March 25, 2013 at 12:52 am

    I’d like to share one of the most beautiful poems about trees.

    Trees

    IN the Garden of Eden, planted by God,
    There were goodly trees in the springing sod,—
    Trees of beauty and height and grace,
    To stand in splendor before His face.
    Apple and hickory, ash and pear,
    Oak and beech and the tulip rare,
    The trembling aspen, the noble pine,
    The sweeping elm by the river line;
    Trees for the birds to build and sing,
    And the lilac tree for a joy in spring;
    Trees to turn at the frosty call
    And carpet the ground for their Lord’s footfall;
    Trees for fruitage and fire and shade,
    Trees for the cunning builder’s trade;
    Wood for the bow, the spear, and the flail,
    The keel and the mast of the daring sail;
    He made them of every grain and girth
    For the use of man in the Garden of Earth.
    Then lest the soul should not lift her eyes
    From the gift to the Giver of Paradise,
    On the crown of a hill, for all to see,
    God planted a scarlet maple tree.

    Bliss William Carman
    source: http://www.poemhunter.com/poem/trees-59/

  • Cyril balkaran  On March 25, 2013 at 10:28 am

    The Bible says “For God so loved the world that he gaveth His only Begotten Son for whomsoever believeth in Him shall not perish but shall have Everlasting Life.”
    The cashew tree is like all living beings,it liveth on the elements that God has provided. Who is to say that in Brazil the oldest Cashew tree exists. Brazil is not the oldest Civilization on Earth,or is it?

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