Because of its high value cashew nut exporters in West
Africa are increasingly exporting the nuts to the European
markets. It has become a popular cash crop among poor
If West African cashews seem expensive compared to groundnuts,
consider the fact that each and every nut must be roasted
in its oily shell, meticulously cracked open, and peeled
from thin inner skin before being ready for consumption.
cashew tree bears red or yellow fruit, which sports
a raw cashew nut encased in a greenish-grey shell.
The fruit is edible and ranges from sweet when ripe
to a little bitter when picked before its time. Many
say it is an acquired taste, as all but the ripest surprisingly
suck the moisture from your mouth with each bite.
A wine is sometimes made by pressing the fruit and fermenting
the juice, and Gambians claim that eating too many fruits
can have the same effect as the wine. Beware of the
cashew juice—it leaves difficult to remove stains on
clothing. Undoubtedly, hundreds of ladies with
trays of roasted cashew nuts on balanced on their
heads will beleaguer you to patronize them wherever