Cashews

Origin


 

      Brazil is widely recognized as the center of origin of the cashew tree, because since the beginning of colonization there are descriptions of it as a member of

the vegetation of the northeast coast, as well as the tradition of using the apple and nut by the indigenous communities.

Such recognition becomes more compelling when one considers that cashew term is derived from the word "Akan-yu", from the Tupi-Guarani dialect, meaning "yellow bone"

However, one can not speak of cashew as a source of food by indigenous communities without stress the significance that it has always had for them in the performance of rituals. Historical news report that it’s been centuries cashew is the raw material used to prepare mocororó, drink served by the Indians in Torém dance rituals as old as their existence.

Also, the word cashew and cashew tree, in portuguese, have always been and continue to be used in northeastern Brazil as reference for villages, ponds, rivers, islands, beaches, mountains and farms, there is also in the entire region a strong connection of the people with folk traditions related to facts, beliefs, literature, painting, music and the cashew tree.

This tradition also extends to the use of homemade food products, from the apple (juice, candied fruit, honey, jams, brandy and wine) and nut (roasted kernels, flour and sweet), which does not happen in another country, which reinforces the theory that the origin of the cashew is Brazilian.

CLASSIFICATION OF STRUCTURAL OR PHYSICAL INTEGRITY

Cashew may vary among different types of kernel,  classified as Whole, Splits, Butts, Pieces and Grains.

According to the AFI (Association of Foods Industries), which establishes the rules and standards available in the cashew nut market, kernels are sold based on two criteria: Structural or Physical Integrity of the Kernel, that is, whether it's broken or whole, and by the color, ranging from pale ivory-colored until the color of cream and / or lightly toasted, which is the lowest type.

Whole

Broken

Broken

Granulated

COLOUR STANDARD


First Quality: The kernel has an uniform color that can be white, light ivory or light grey.
Segund Quality: The kernel can be ivory, light brown, light grey or dark brown.
Third Quality: The Kernel can be dark ivory, dark brown, amber, light ou dark blue. Also can be slightly wrinkled or stained.
Fourth Quality: The kernel can be qualified as first or segund quality except because it has black dots

Packaging


The Industrial line has several packing options, primary and secundary and can be available as follows:

50 Pounds Bags (Total: 22.68 kg):
The product is available in primary packing with 01 (one) foil bag 22.68 kg vacuum sealed and secondary packing of corrugated cardboard box.

25 Pounds Bags (11.34 kg)
 The product is available in primary packing with 01 (one) foil bag 11.34 kg vacuum sealed and secondary packing of corrugated cardboard box.

25 Pounds Cans (22.68 kg)
The product is available in primary packing with 02 (two) metal cans of 11.34 kg and secondary packing of corrugated cardboard box.

25 Pounds Bucket (11.34 kg)
The product is available in primary packing with 01 (one) foil bag, 11.34 kg vacuum sealed, and secondary packing plastic bucket.