The cashew nut is detached from the cashew fruit which comes from the cashew tree. Cashew trees grow abundantly in the Rupununi Savannahs of Guyana, and also in neighboring Brazil.
I visited some resident of the Rupununi Savannahs to learn how the cashew nut is roasted and shelled to produce edible roasted cashew nuts.
The process is described below.
Please note: The method described below is what is used by local villagers in roasting and shelling cashew nuts. More refined organizations, such as the St. Ignatius Women’s Helping Hands, might have different and more refined methods for roasting and shelling cashew nuts.
The raw cashew nuts are placed in a metal drum over a fire.