Palawan Fresh Cashew Nuts

            Palawan is not only known for its breathtaking sceneries and crystal-clear waters, it is also the cashew capital of the Philippines.

            Being the third most import nut in the world, next to almond and hazelnut, cashew or kasuy in Tagalog is the leading nut crop in the country.

          90 % of the country’s annual cashew production estimated at 116,900 tons came from Palawan. It is because there are numerous cashew trees planted there. Roxas, El Nido, and Dumaran are the top three municipalities in Palawan which produce these nuts.

            In fact, there is the Cashew Festival Week celebrated every second week of May at Roxas, the province’s cashew capital. It presents cashew as their main product.

            Cashew nuts are made salted, fried, roasted, brittle, caramelized, and chocolate-coated. Cashew apples are also processed as prunes, wine, vinegar and juice. Aside from that, they also make cashew tarts, otap and cakes out of them.

            Majority of the farmers there sell their raw nuts to local traders and processors, processed in Antipolo for marketing to food companies like Selecta, Nestle, Goldilocks and Red Ribbon.

            They also have this cashew nut shell liquid or CNSL, a brownish, sticky and caustic substance take out from the dried testa of the seed or nut. It is an industrial ingredient in cardolite, a raw material used in paints, varnishes, inks, lubricants and some other preservatives. A Filipino entrepreneur won an international award using cashew by-product as disinfectant to eliminate facial warts.

            Palawan Cashew Industry Council composed of the DA, DTI, DOST, the local government unit, the Palawan Chamber of Commerce & Industry Inc., the Palawan Food Processors Association and a farmer sector representative was organized for a coordinative and integrated implementation of the cashew development program. This is to recommend actions and suggestions to open up the many issues and concerns of the cashew nuts industry. Some of its issues are low level of production, lack of product/marketing development and lack of money for post-harvest facilities.


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