Specifications for Cashew Kernels

1. General Characteristics: Cashew Kernels shall have been obtained through roasting, shelling and peeling cashew nuts. (Anacardium occidentale L.)

2. Special Characteristics:

A. Cashew Kernels - White Wholes



Grade
Designation
Trade
Name
Colour/Characteristics
Count/454 gms
(1 lbs)
size description
Max.
Moisture%
Broken
Max%
NLSG
NLG max%
White
Wholes
White/pale ivory/light ash. Characteristic
shape
170-180
5
5
5
(NLSG & SW
together)
do
do
200-210
5
5
do
do
do
220-240
5
5
do
do
do
300-320
5
5
do
do
do
400-450
5
5
do

B. Cashew Kernels - Scorched Wholes

Grade
Designation
Trade
Name
Colour/Characteristics
Count/454 gms
(1 lbs)
size description
Max.
Moisture%
Broken
Max%
NLSG
NLG max%
do
do
220-240
5
5
do
do
do
300-320
5
5
do
do
do
400-450
5
5
do
Remarks: Kernels shall be completely free from infestation, insect damage, mould rancidity, adhering testa and objectionable extraneous matter.
Scraped and partially shrivelled kernels also permitted provided such scraping/shrivelling does not affect the characteristic shape of the kernel.

C. Cashew Kernels - Desert Wholes

Grade
Designation
Trade
Name
Colour/Characteristics
Count/454 gms
(1 lbs)
size description
Max.
Moisture%
Broken
Max%
NLSG
NLG max%
Scorched
Wholes
Seconds
Kernels may be over-scorched, immature, shriveled
(Pirival), speckled (Karaniram) discoloured and light blue.
N.A
5
5
7.5
(DW)
Remarks: Kernels shall be completely free from infestation, insect damage, mould rancidity, adhering testa and objectionable extraneous matter.

D. Cashew Kernels - White Pieces

Grade
Designation
Trade
Name
Colour/Characteristics
Count/454 gms
(1 lbs)
size description
Max.
Moisture%
Broken
Max%
NLSG
NLG max%
Butts
White/pale ivory or light ash. Kernels
broken cross-wise (evenly or unevenly)
naturally attached
N.A
5
5
5
(SB)
Splits
White/pale ivory or light ash.
Kernels Split naturally lengthwise
N.A
5
5
5
(SB)
Large
White
Pieces
White/pale ivory or
light ash
Kernels broken into more than two pieces and not passing through 4 mesh 16 SWG sieve/4.75mm. I.S.Sieve
5
Nil
5
(SW & SP
together)
Small
White
Pieces
White/pale ivory or
light ash
Broken Kernels smaller than those described on LWP but not passing through 6 mesh 20 SWG Sieve/2.80 mm I.S. Sieve
5
Nil
5(BB & SSP together)
Baby Bits
do
Plemules and broken Kernels smaller than those described as SWP but not Passing through a 10 mesh 24 SWG Sieve/1.70mm I..S. Sieve
5
Nil
1% (cashew powder)
Remarks: Kernels shall be completely free from infestation, insect damage, mould rancidity, adhering testa and objectionable extraneous matter. Scraped and partially shrivelled kernels also permitted provided such scraping/shrivelling does not affect the characteristic shape of the kernel.

E. Cashew Kernels - Scorched Pieces

Grade
Designation
Trade
Name
Colour/Characteristics
Count/454 gms
(1 lbs)
size description
Max.
Moisture%
Broken
Max%
NLSG
NLG max%
Scorched
Butts
Kernels broken crosswise (evenly or unevenly) and naturally attached. Kernels may be scorched/slightly darkened due to over heating while roasting or drying in the drier/borma
N.A
5
5
7.5
(DB)
Scorched
Splits
Kernels split naturally lengthwise. Kernels may be scorched/slightly darkened due to over-heating while Roasting or drying in drier/borma
N.A
5
5
7.5
(DS)
Scorched
Splits
Kernels may be scorched/slightly darkened due to over-heating while roasting or drying in drier/borma
Pieces passing through
a mesh 16 SWG sieve/4.75
mm I.S. Sieve
5
Nil
7.5
(SSP &
SPS
together)
Scorched
Small
Pieces
Kernels may be
scorched/slightly darkened
due to over-heating while
roasting or drying in drier/borma
Pieces smaller than SP but not passing through a 6mesh 20 SWG Sieve/2.80 mm I.S. Sieve
5
Nil
5(DSP)
Remarks: Kernels shall be completely free from infestation, insect damage, mould rancidity, adhering testa and objectionable extraneous matter. Scraped and partially shrivelled kernels also permitted provided such scraping/shrivelling does not affect the characteristic shape of the kernel.

F. Cashew Kernels - Dessert Pieces

Grade
Designation
Trade
Name
Colour/Characteristics
Count/454 gms
(1 lbs)
size description
Max.
Moisture%
Broken
Max%
NLSG
NLG max%
Scorched Pieces Seconds
Kernels may be over-scorched immature, shrivelled (Pirival) speckled(Karaniram) discoloured and light blue
Kernels broken into pieces but not passing through a 4 mesh 16 SWG sieve/4.75 mm I.S. Sieve
5
Nil
7.5(DP & DSP together)
Remarks: Kernels shall be completely free from infestation, insect damage, mould rancidity, adhering testa and objectionable extraneous matter.
NLSG denotes: Next Lower Size Grade. NLG denotes: Next Lower Grade.