The cashew nut, often simply called a cashew, is widely consumed. It is eaten on its own, used in recipes, or processed into cashew cheese or cashew Butter. The shell of the cashew seed yields derivatives that can be used in many applications including lubricants, waterproofing, paints, and arms production. The cashew apple is light reddish to yellow fruit, whose pulp can be processed into a sweet, astringent fruit drink or distilled into liquor.
Cashew Kernels are graded into white/scorched wholes, pieces, splits, butts etc. depending upon the shape, size and colour of the kernel.
Three are 33 different grades in India and 26 are commercially available. The main grades we are dealing with are
Cashew nut Whole 180, 210, 240, 320 and 450. W180 is king of cashew and large in size and very expensive, W210 is popularly known as jumbo nuts, W240 is attractive grade and reasonably priced. W320 is popular among cashew and highest in terms of availability, the smallest and cheapest are the W450