East Bali Cashew
Cashews help lower cholesterol, improve heart health, add fiber and protein, and help control blood-sugar levels and reduce the risk of diabetes. This wonderous fruit has antioxidents and is high in minerals and vitamins.
Cashew trees are fast-growing and drought-tolerant, producing for up to 50 years. The cashew comes from a fruit, the cashew apple. Inside is a seed in a hard coating.
Roasting, shelling and cleaning of the kernels is a laborious process
and the shells are highly corrosive.
Keep It Local
Bali and Indonesia's cashews are exported to India or Vietnam for processing. However, cashew-growing communities are some of the poorest in the country, with poor soil and lack of employment opportunities.
East Bali Cashews is the first large-scale cashew processing facility in Bali and one of the first village-based facilities in Southeast Asia.
We buy direct from farmers and process directly in the village. This is unlike the vast majority of the world's cashews that are shipped thousands of miles to a processing factory along the way passing through 4-5 traders.
Do you know how many
steps it takes from the tree to your mouth?
About ten. Cashew fruit falls to the ground, where it is collected and the nut is separated from the fruit. The nuts are then dried, steamed, dried again, opened, extracted from the shell, and peeled. At this point the cashews are ready to eat raw, or if you like yours roasted or flavored, they enter their tenth and final process. Think of that the next time you eat a cashew!
The poorest farmers
due to the quality of cashew soils
Throughout the world, the poorest people are often relegated to areas with the poorest soil, and Desa Ban is no exception. With an average income of $2 per day, balanced diets and school uniforms are often unaffordable. East Bali Cashews hopes to improve the lives of the Desa Ban community by providing an additional source of income, empowering women through employment and education, and teaching farmers to improve their soil and maximize their production.
What to do with
over 100 tons of cashew shells per year?
Create a shell-fueled gassifier that powers the steaming and drying machines. Produce carbon-rich biochar, an organic super-fertilizer for the cashew and fruit trees.