The Chinese consume 40% of the world's supply of chestnuts, and their use in China dates back to the earliest times of recorded history. They use them roasted in hot sand, in simmered dishes and in soup.
There are 8 people in the U.S. listed on whitepages.com with the last name 'Cashew'
(Mark Morton, 'Gastronomica', Fall 2010)
The “spreading chestnut tree" from The Village Blacksmith by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, was a real tree in Cambridge, Massachusetts, at the corner of Brattle and Story Streets. It was cut down to widen the streets in 1876.