Grade One and Hygiene Processed Cashew Nut for Export Abuja

Published date: January 1, 2018
  • Location: Abuja, Abuja, FCT Abuja, Togo

Cashew Processing / Processed Cashew

Mebo Farms prides itself with the support of our dedicated teams, and networks, we have been able to nurture sustainable and mutually-beneficial relationships at each of our origins. Transparency has always been a competitive hallmark of Mebo Farms, and our role in the value chain centers on cashew nuts production, picking, drying, processing and storage and export. Mebo Farms has the infrastructure, acreage, management team, skilled labor, international contacts, and export expertise in place to serve the international market for cashews.

About Processed Cashew

Cashew kernels are graded on the basis of their size, shape, colour. There are different grade processed cashed which are W320, W24 etc. having different processing methods – dried well, steamed, 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. 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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