Northeastern Brazil is where cashew nuts originate. The biggest cashew tree in the world, the maior cajueiro do mundo, grows there as well. The tree, which today occupies a space larger than a football field, was planted by a local fisherman in the final decade of the 19th century. Yet, cashew agriculture has a considerably longer history than that. In the 16th century, the first knowledge of Indian cashew farming made its way to Europe via France and Portugal. Then it was said that these nuts were better tasting than almonds. Nowadays, they go by the names cashews, Indian nuts, or just cashews. Their kidney-shaped shape is where they get their most well-known name.