Some Peculiar Facts About Cashew Nuts

This entry was posted on Friday, October 28th, 2011 and is filed under Cashew.

1.  Raw cashew nut grows with the fruit but outside the fruit.
2.  Most raw cashew nuts sink in the water but 10-30% nuts float in the water. These floating nuts are called floats and sunk nuts are called ‘nil’ or ‘nil floats’. Nil floats always give the best out-turn of the area but the floats will have some unripe nuts, low out-turn nuts and may also have some good nuts because of air content.
3. If floats are dried under the summer sunlight and then put in water, 25-35% of floats would sink to the bottom but would eventually float.
4. Cashew kernel has three categories with many grades. a) Wholes or whole-nuts b) splits c) pieces
5. Wholes or whole-nuts are graded mainly according to size, shape and color. W150, W180, W210, W240, W320 and W450 are the main grades under the white wholes category. These numbers are very important as they denote the count(cashew nuts) per pound.
6. W150 is the class of the biggest nuts but W320 is the bulk grade.
7. India is number one in cashew processing and consumption. US is the number one cashew importer and Vietnam is number one in kernel export.
8. Not many know the original taste of the cashew kernel. Kernel removed without boiling raw cashew nut is a lot tastier than the kernel removed by the boiling process(used in the factories). But the  commercial processing is not possible with knives or fire roasting. There is a scope for thorough research to preserve the real taste in bulk processing.

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