World’s Largest Cashew Tree

World's Largest Cashew Tree

World’s Largest Cashew Tree

In the center of the photo is the canopy of the Pirangi cashew tree, covering an area of approximately 7,300 to 8,400 square meters, with a circumference of 500 meters. It is located in the town of Pirangi do Norte, part of the city of Parnamirim in the state of Rio Grande do Norte in northeastern Brazil. This cashew tree has been listed in the Guinness World Records since 1994 as the “World’s Largest Cashew Tree.”

World's Largest Cashew Tree
World’s Largest Cashew Tree

The World’s Largest Cashew Tree

According to local residents, this gigantic cashew tree was planted exactly 135 years ago. In 1888, a fisherman named Luiz Inácio de Oliveira from Pirangi do Norte planted this tree. He passed away while resting under the tree.

Using the “tree-ring counting” method, Brazilian botanists concluded that the Pirangi cashew tree has been in existence for over 1,000 years. According to their estimates, the Pirangi cashew tree may have been around for more than 1,000 years. The circumference of the Pirangi cashew tree is 500 meters, equivalent to the circumference of 70 mature cashew trees.

“When you’re under the tree’s canopy, you’ll get the impression that there are many individual cashew trees due to the unusual shape of its branches,” said Rosano Taveira, the mayor of Parnamirim. “Instead of growing straight up, the branches grow outward and then bend down to the ground. When they make contact with the ground, the roots continue to develop, creating new trees, contributing to the formation of the canopy that covers the record-breaking area. Currently, the tree still produces more than 60,000 cashew nuts each year.”

T.Huong (compiled)

Source: Cong An TP. HCM Newspaper

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