Cashew nut is the edible seed of the cashew fruits obtained from the cashew tree Anacardium Occidentale of the family Anacardiaceae. Edible Cashew Kernel is a snack product rich in energy carbohydrate (22%), protein (21%) and non-cholesterol fat (47%). The processed cashew seed is served as a snack or used in recipes, like other nuts, although it is actually a seed.
In Nigeria, there is growing demand for edible cashew kernel due to increasing awareness of the nutritional composition of cashew kernel. is makes cashew kernel stands at per with milk, egg and meat. Research evidence has shown that per Capital consumption of edible cashew kernel in Nigeria is about 0.125kg. The national demand estimate is in excess of 25,000 tons per annum.