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Cashew nut - Understanding production of cashew nuts in Vietnam.

Updated: 3 days ago

Cashew nuts are one of Vietnam's most significant agricultural products, mainly grown in the provinces of the Southeast region. After harvesting, cashew nut are processed to create high-value economic products.

Conveyor belt in the cashew nut production process in Vietnam. Photo: collection

Developing cashew nut processing industry in Vietnam.

Vietnam is currently one of the countries exporting cashew nuts to Canada, the US, Japan, the EU, China, and Singapore with the highest turnover in the world. The entire country currently has around 300,000 hectares of cashew, concentrated in southern provinces such as Ba Ria, Vung Tau, Dong Nai, and Binh Phuoc; central provinces such as Phu Yen and Binh Dinh; and Dak Lak in the Central Highlands.

The raw cashew nuts processed in Vietnam go through various stages to transform into the tasty and nutritious products we enjoy. These procedures have developed over time, allowing for increased efficiency and more profitability with a growing demand for diverse cashew nut products in both domestic and international markets.

Cashew exports in the first quarter of 2023: Increase in both volume and value.

Vietnam's cashew exports in the first quarter of 2023 reached 122 thousand tons, worth 708 million USD, up 16.6% in volume and 14.2% in value over the same period in 2022.

With more than 3 billion USD in revenue, Vietnam's cashew industry still holds the number 1 position in the world in terms of technology and export volume, accounting for about 80% of the global cashew trade. The main export markets of Vietnam's cashew nuts are the US, Europe, China...

The EU is currently Vietnam's second largest cashew nut export market …

The eat clean method is strongly "on the throne" these days, meals from nuts are appearing on the dining table of many families. For this reason, the trend of healthy food and attractive prices has driven the total consumption of cashew nut.

Cashews in France are a popular snack, increasingly used as an ingredient in nut-based beverages such as unsweetened cashew milk or snacks. The market share of imported cashew nuts in the US accounts for 50%, which means that one out of every two things present in the US is Vietnam.

This proves that Vietnam's cashew nuts are gaining a foothold in the world market with a fairly high competitive position.

Cashew processing methods in Vietnam are “high-standard”.

Vietnam has a rich heritage of traditional cashew processing methods that have been passed down through generations. Traditional cashew processing methods in Vietnam continue to be used, particularly in small-scale and artisanal operations. On the other hand, industrial processing methods utilize modern machinery and technology for higher efficiency and larger-scale operations.

In order to turn raw cashew nuts into products that are ready for the market, cashew processing comprises numerous crucial procedures. These steps ensure the removal of the outer shell, drying, peeling, grading, sorting, roasting, and packaging.

Cashew nut processing factory. Photo: collection

  • Harvesting: Skilled farmers carefully select the ripest, ensuring they are at the peak of their flavor and quality.

  • Sun-Drying: Sun-drying is a time-honored technique that not only prepares the cashew apples for further steps but also helps enhance their flavors.

  • Shelling and Cleaning: Once the cashews are dried, the focus shifts to cracking open the hardouter shell, known as the cashew nutshell.

  • Separating the Cashew Kernels: This process requires precision and dexterity to ensure that the kernels remain intact and undamaged during this process.

  • Roasting: Cashews are roasted using a roasting machine or directly on the stove. The roasting process helps the cashews have a delicious aroma and stay fresh longer.

Top 5 "speciality" products from cashew nuts.

With the diversity of products processed from cashew nut, we can create a variety of great dishes and products for our health.

The top 5 outstanding products from cashew nuts that we love:

● Roasted salted cashews

● Cashew butter

● Glossy cashews:

● Cashew Milk

● Cashew nut cookies

  • Roasted salted cashews: After being roasted, cashews are mixed with salt and spices to create a delicious snack.

  • Cashew butter: Cashew butter is made from roasted, peeled cashews that are ground into a smooth, creamy spread. It has a delicious aroma, is easy to eat, and is used in many different dishes.

  • Glossy cashews: Cashews are coated with sugar and cooked to create a sweet treat.

  • Cashew Milk: Cashews are finely ground and mixed with milk to create a nutritious drink