Cashew Nuts

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    Description

    Specification
    Type
    Cashew Nut
    Cultivation Type
    Common
    Processing Type
    Blanched
    Style
    Dried
    Packaging
    Vacuum Bags or Tin Box
    Certification
    ISO 9001:2008, HACCP…
    Grade
    All grate…
    Use
    For healthy snacks, bakery items,tasty sweets.
    Place of Origin
    South Africa
    Brand Name
    BuyAfrica Global Investment
    Model Number
    Cashew-02
    Color
    100% Natural Color.

    Cashew Nuts

    The kidney shaped edible Nuts are called kernels and are obtained from the fruit or the raw nut after removal of the outer leathery covering which surrounds it, using different processing methods – dried well, steaming, shelled, peeled, graded, roasted, quality inspection, quality control and packing. Cashew processing actually includes the various steps and the processing methodology used varies from region to region. In Brazil, mechanical processing is done, while in India, processing is highly labour oriented. Even inside India, there are differences in the processing methods used in different regions. In Karnataka & Tamil Nadu steam boiling method is followed while in parts of Kerala, Orissa and Andhra Pradesh, drum roasting method is followed.

    The different steps involved in Cashew processing using Steam boiling :

    a) Steaming – The in-shell cashews are steamed under pressure to soften the shell. This causes the cashews inside to become loose and easier to remove in time.

    b) Shelling – Each cashew shell is split open longitudinally and the cashew inside is immediately taken out by hand.

    c) Drying – The skin on cashews is dried in an oven at low heat for a few hours to loosen the skin.

    d) Peeling – The skin of each cashew is removed by hand and the cashew is simultaneously visually graded according to quality.

    e) Grading – The whole cashew kernels are individually graded by hand according to count per pound. Cashews are graded on how white they are and how broken the kernel is. There are four color grades, four styles of break on the kernel and six sizes (or maximum number of kernels per pound). Nowadays grading machines are used for grading.

    f) Quality Inspection – The cashews of each grade are inspected according to the present quality standards for that grade.

    g) Quality Control – The Cashew kernels are then put through a set of quality assurance measures like heating in an oven, metal detection, dust aspiration and handpicking conveyor.

    h) Packing – The Cashew Kernels are packed in 50-pound (22.68 kg) multilayer barrier pouches in a modified atmosphere of low oxygen and high carbon dioxide and nitrogen. These pouches are placed one each in a carton.

    The Cashew Nut Kernels are graded according to their size, shape and colour, as Wholes, Splits, Brokens, Butts, Scorched butts etc. Wholes are again classified as W180, W240, W320, W450 etc., according to the number of whole kernels per pound (0.45 kg). The edible cashew nuts are available in around 26 – 33 different grades. The Wholes are sold as snack food while the split nuts are generally used as ingredients in other foodstuff.

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