Saturday, March 22, 2014

Cashew Apple?

Cashew Apple with Cashew

An old Ozark friend sent me this photo, and what interested me particularly was the use of the term "apple" for a fruit that isn't a true 'apple' by modern standards, thereby suggesting that the name might be a holdover from a broader use of the word "apple" that otherwise lasted only as late as the 17th or 18th century.

Or perhaps this above-depicted fruit is called "apple" because it looks like one and has a sweet flavor, though also a bit astringent.

Anyway, I first became aware of the broad meaning of "apple" when I was investigating the apple in John Milton's epic poem Paradise Lost.

Perhaps this cashew apple was the 'actual' fruit that Eve plucked from the Tree of Knowledge. After all, her harvest was a 'nutty' idea, the sweet fruit had an astringent aftertaste, and when Eve sneezed (cashew!), the whole world caught cold.

For more on the error-grow-nonsense, see here . . . not here!



At 10:03 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Been a long time hasn't it?

"Well now Jeff, Di?

Did either of you know my birthday is March 21st? Ten minutes from now it will be that date where I am, but I'm damned pleased that Korea is on the other side of the IDL."

& I ... well ... heck what does it matter, all's well that ends well I think.

I'm just reminding myself I coulda done elseways and it'd be this day anyway.


At 10:42 AM, Blogger Horace Jeffery Hodges said...

Happy Birthday!

Here's the link.

Jeffery Hodges

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At 11:16 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I know the link[s] Jeff

& I know where it's both hurt & helped. I've wondered why it couldn't have been this one brought me ... to well you've done me as that we set windmills to ... we two I think (though I suspect you think me a snake - maybe "snake-lite"

Your posts led and yielded me to the great wonders & yet you allowing me such length you'd at the same time - deny the simple possibility that perhaps perhaps, something might be elsewise.

What I'm saying Friend Jeff you know, and I don't bother such saying to you ... you've seen my example in life. & MY Friend you've set a standard of sorts allowing the "GodFather" (Me) a certain leniency fully aware as you are subject to the same map I imposed on others.

Jeff you're my friend and I want you to get what I'll never have - you Jeff have the opportunity to steal Cran's dime.

I'd go for it.

But that's just me.


At 11:51 AM, Blogger Horace Jeffery Hodges said...

I meant the link you gave for the real Jones, which I hot-linked . . .

Another year older. I'm guessing you turned 59 since I'll be 58 soon. Or is your birthdate such that you're now 60?

That's an achievement in itself for those of us who came to maturity in the '60s'!

I wish I were in the Ozarks and could share a beer . . .

Jeffery Hodges

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At 12:48 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

We are Friends Jeff.

We will remain so & whatever doesn't matter so much amongst me'n you.

I am loyal but then I'm more or less human & that my friend ...

is something you do the choice of coming to yourself.

It's a choice Jeff, I'm just an example - you've posted on it and whatever "I" do it's whatever. All I'm saying is, sometimes ... not all

well never was anything "perfectly understandable" as authors are wont to have it - it's "usually" more complicated than we'd prefer. Or, accepting of.

Life is ... Persons. (Usually in some combination with opinion.)

Judgement of course.


At 1:06 PM, Blogger Horace Jeffery Hodges said...

Sounds like reflections on life. I wish I'd know then what I know now, and I'd have made fewer mistakes . . .

I'm glad we established this contact -- I've gained and learned a lot.

Jeffery Hodges

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At 2:59 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Sounds like reflections on life. I wish I'd know then what I know now, and I'd have made fewer mistakes . . .

Most humans I'm guessing Jeff would prefer ... too bad I suppose we're humans.

Jeff? You can't possibly (well ... maybe) come close to saying how much "I was wrong" [or whomever] 'cause mostly at this late point in life ... there's only so much road remains,

Most of the load is a chosen thing meaning, it's "easy to believe the preferred"

but Jeff, you're above all else, an Intellectual.

Nothing wrong with that except for maybe ... and I realize it's very difficult because no universities offer courses toward it but - no Professor can grade a thing called "Being Human."

It is what it is.

Herschel Ducker

At 3:28 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Lessee ...

" ..."He was commonplace in complexion, in features, in manners, and in voice. He was of middle size and of ordinary build. His eyes, of the usual blue, were perhaps remarkably cold. . . . Otherwise there was only an indefinable, faint expression of his lips, something stealthy—a smile—not a smile—I remember it, but I can’t explain. . . . He was a common trader, from his youth up employed in these parts—nothing more. He was obeyed, yet he inspired neither love nor fear, nor even respect. He inspired uneasiness. That was it! Uneasiness. ...


Po po tweet

At 3:49 PM, Blogger Horace Jeffery Hodges said...

I'm hoping to segue from intellectual to literary artist . . .

Jeffery Hodges

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At 3:51 PM, Blogger Horace Jeffery Hodges said...


Jeffery Hodges

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