CASHEW NUTS IN THE LAND OF GREEN
Cashew nuts with scientific name (Anacardium occidentale), is gotten from the cashew tree, which hangs the cashew apple. One cashew tree produces on average of 200 to 300 nuts in a year. The major cashew growing areas in Nigeria Enugu, Abia, Imo, Anambra, Ebonyi, and Cross rivers in the eastern part of the country; Oyo, Osun, Ekiti, and Ogun states in the western part; Kwara, Kogi, Nassarawa, Benue, Taraba, Niger and Fct in the middle belt and also Sokoto and Kebbi states in the northern part of the country.
Movenaija made a trip to Kabba in Kabba/Bunu L.G.A in Kogi state to learn how these nuts are been harvested and prepared. The cashew normally falls to the ground with the nuts attached. The two are separated with a twisting action during collection. After picking, the nuts are dried for two or three days to remove the moisture content. Properly dried nuts are kept in bags for either for exportation or preparation for the nuts we eat as snacks. The major buyers of cashew nuts from Nigeria are mainly Singapore and India. Smaller percentage goes to Europe.
HEALTH BENEFITS OF CASHEW NUTS
- Prevents cancer
- Healthy bones
- Prevents gallstones
- Lowers high blood pressure