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Cashew nuts

Description of the products

Cashew (Anacardium occidentale L.) is grown in the Southern parts of Tanzania, on the opposite side of the border of the cashew-growing region of Mozambique. Cashew nuts originate from Brazil; Portuguese traders brought the seeds to Africa in the 16th century. The trees soon found their way to Mtwara region; an Indian Ocean port on trade routes once plied by David Livingstone. Tanzania is now the World’s 3rd largest producer of cashews and maybe the world’s most important, with production growing 450% (data collected from 2004 – 2018)

Most farmers are smallholders and they process their seeds through cooperative societies. Their source of income is mainly the export of the crop across the Indian Ocean. India imports almost all the cashews from the country. Tanzania generates up to 15 percent of its total foreign exchange from this leguminous fruit.

Origin of cashew nuts

We source our cashew nuts from the Indian Ocean coastal line of Tanzania. We also source from Kilwa, Lindi and Mtwara. One of challenging factor we go for in all these districts is for farmers with an average 0.5 hectares of land.

We also train them how to use organic soil enrichment such as well-rotted cow dung instead of fertilizers. We keep them updated on the latest production technologies and natural pest-eradication methods.


We harvest Tanzania cashew nuts when the fruit has fallen due to ripeness. Our workers clear the vegetation around the fruit and pick the nuts from them one by one. They put them into baskets and sacks. We expect about 10 kilograms of yields per tree of about eight years of age. We keep the apple fruits separate from the nuts. The former undergo processing to produce juice as well as jam. For the nuts, we take them to the threshing yard for the cracking of the five-millimeter thick shell.

We hull Tanzania cashew nuts by manual or artificial means. The former method entails the use of pressure machines to crack the outer layer to expose the kernel. This is after a steaming process where we soak the shells in water for a few hours to soften them. After this, we blow hot air on them to reduce the moisture level to about 9%. For the manual hulling method, we use hand blades to cut the shell open after using a level to ease the cutting process.

We then sort the kernels without shells into various grades. Traditionally, Tanzanians had ‘Standard,’ ‘Under,’ and ‘Rejects’ grades. On our part, we retain the standard only, which is made up of perfect kernels free of any visible blemish. They’re kept in a cool, dry place inside a waterproof material.


We pack Tanzania cashew nuts in pouches, sachets and tins after grading them. Our largest tins come with a capacity for 11.34 kilograms of the nuts. The rest of the pouches average around 10 kilos apiece. In case you want them in the shell, you can request beforehand and we will not hull them. We indicate the condition of the nuts (in shell or hulled), the net weight and the country of origin on the produce label.

We store Tanzania cashew nuts in the temperature range of 4 to 25 degrees Celsius. We maintain this same temperature during the transportation phase to the Julius Nyerere International Airport in Dar es Salaam via our controlled environment vehicles.

The package will reach you quicker.

Thus, if your looking for a reliable exports of cashew nut from Tanzania, then you can count on us. Our Tanzania cashew nuts come from designate Global Good Agricultural Practices (GAP)-certified farming locales on the coastline. We prepare your order months before the due date to amass your exact tonnage. You will also find our prices quite pocket-friendly.