There are more than 30 cashew grades; however, the buying criteria vary from business to business based on its application. The American Food Industries Association has developed Commercial Quality Standards, Parameters, Classification, and Abbreviations to standardize and regularize cashew imports into the US market. We have put together some key information about cashew grades so you can find the perfect nut for your application!
Cashew Kernels are naturally white or ivory colored and graded basis their shape, size & color, i.e., whites, wholes, scorched, pieces, spotted, splits, etc. Any cashew grade is denoted by two or more alphabets followed by a number. For e.g., OW 320 means Organic Whole 320 The number 320 denotes that by a measure of one pound in weight, there will be 320 cashew kernels. Here’s an exhaustive list of all cashew grades and varieties under each grade
Please refer to the specification sheet of each grade on OlamNuts.com to understand the parameters. Each grade could have a certain percentage of damages/foreign material/moisture/ Color value and sizing in percentage terms. Roasted products also have uneven roast percentage.
For the purposes of “ready to eat” we recommend buying pasteurized/ roasted stocks.