Before I start talking about my travel experience, I want to remind all of us about our huge responsibility for our environment. I love travelling, like anybody else on this platfrom. Because of this, we need to think about how we can make it more sustainable. We do not realize which impact the regular flights around the world have - and we love our world but we do not realize that we are destroying. Soon I want to start to write about this topic regualry and create awareness which will hopefully lead to commitment, action, creativity and innovation...And now, enjoy this post

Everybody loves Cashew nuts, but where are those tasty Cashew Nuts come from and how are they processed?

Cashew nut tree
Cashew nut tree

During my trip in Amazonia I had the chance to witness this personally while I was visiting an indigenous community. In order to reach this place I had to board a boat at the harbour in Santarem, which was a bit chaotic. Santarem is a city located on the Amazon River. At this place, the Rio Tapajos is ending in to the Amazon.Because of wrong information - or maybe a misunderstanding (my portuguese is not perfect) I missed my boat and was forced to wait to the next day. On the harbour are hundred of ships going to places which are a couple of hours away, or even a couple of days. I talked to a lot of people, but getting the right information was really tough. Luckily, I met an old couple. They were kind enough to lead me to the right ship and under curious eyes from all sides I was able to board.

The boat I took in order to reach the small indigenous community
The boat I took in order to reach the small indigenous community

But coming back to the topic: the cashew fruit grows on a huge tree. The cashew nut grows first, the fruit follows after.

A "cashew nut", the fruit is the small green ball above. It will later be yellow, red or orange
A "cashew nut", the fruit is the small green ball above. It will later be yellow, red or orange

The taste of the fruit is unique. I never tasted somthing like this before and it is hard to describe, it's sour, fresh and something I cannot describe :-)

A typical cashew fruit
A typical cashew fruit

Once the fruits a mature, the locals isolate the nuts and put them into a fire. Thus, uneatable acids are removed and the nut gets rosted.
Once the fruits a mature, the locals isolate the nuts and put them into a fire. Thus, uneatable acids are removed and the nut gets rosted.

One of the children keeps an close eye on the process
One of the children keeps an close eye on the process

Once the cashews have a deep black charred shell, we started to hammer on the shell to break it open.
Once the cashews have a deep black charred shell, we started to hammer on the shell to break it open.

Finally,  we reached our objective, a fresh eatable cashew nut!
Finally, we reached our objective, a fresh eatable cashew nut!

Cashew after cashew we started to fill up this pot. It's a very time-consuming activity and I wonder how this is done in the industry, but it gets obvious, why the nuts are relatively expansive.
Cashew after cashew we started to fill up this pot. It's a very time-consuming activity and I wonder how this is done in the industry, but it gets obvious, why the nuts are relatively expansive.

I hope you have now an impression about how cashew nuts are produced - the homemade-style...