Cashew came to India with the Portuguese and is a native of Brazil. It is the third largest consumed tree nut in the world. The Indian soil favoured this nut so well that India has been cultivating cashew nuts as a popular native crop, making this country the second largest cashew producers in the World. Therefore, listing those dealing in Indian cashew nuts among the leading cashew nuts exporters and suppliers.
we export quality cashew nuts from India. We maintain the quality of cashews by following food safety norms and stringent checks. Depending upon the customer specifications, we can offer cashew nuts in different weight requirements.
What goes into cashew processing?
It takes about 20-21 days and many labour intensive stages for cashew nuts to reach the delicious edible state. Once harvested, the nuts are collected and amply dried in the sun. They are then steamed and shelled using cutting machines to extract kernels.
The kernels are passed through Borma dryers to remove minutest levels of moisture. Before the kernels are sent for peeling, the husk is removed from the dried kernels – this step defines the quality of cashew. The sorting of kernel takes place according to AFI (American Food Industry) standards into various kernel counts, sizes and grades. After this the kernels are sent for inspection once before passing through metal detectors and finally packed into cartons.
Types of Cashew Nut
Cashew Nut Shell Oil
Cashew Nut Shell Oil (CNSO) is a versatile component of the Cashew fruits’ nut. The oil which is a dark reddish-brown in colour is resident in a soft honeycomb shell, that is the pericarp of the nut. It is a natural resin that could serve as a valuable raw material for multiple applications.
The processes used are mainly hot-oil and roasting in which the CNSL oozes out from the shell. The traditional method of extracting CNSL is by roasting of the nuts over an open fire. This removes the CNSL by charring / degradation thereby wasting the liquid which is a valuable source of natural phenols.
The Cashew Nut Shell Liquid (CNSL) can be considered as a versatile raw material with wide applications in the form of surface coatings, paints and varnishes, as well as the production of polymers.